Jason Clark offers a series of thoughts in response to Todd Bentley, John Crowder and these kinds of 'movements'. As we could have predicted, he starts with an affirmation of 'deep church', whereas it might have been more appropriate to say something about Jesus first off. However, I've already expressed some of my misgivings with an over-emphasis on Deep Church, so I'll keep this post positive.
The Spirit is not about getting me the consumer dream, or making me feel good. Ecstatic events and tradition as vital as they are, are not self-authenticating (to paraphrase Oliver O’Donovan).
The Holy Spirit works in the New Testament through ecstatic spontaneity and the establishing of traditions. We should be like early church and be sceptical of both! A good charismatic is a skeptical charismatic, a good traditionalist is a skeptical one. A good emerging church is…you get the idea.
We certainly do, though I suspect Jason' scepticism is more generous than mine!
The only authority of a person, church, or movement, is the authority they point to, Jesus. Which is why when a person and tradition or new movement gets beyond reach of questioning, they have been dishonored, and so have we, and God.
...And as I write this, I realise I want blessing, an experience of the Spirit for me, and my church, that makes our faith dynamic, and immanent and mission enabling.
Now go and read the rest.