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Anglican Pentecostal Perspective on Charismatic Leaders Fellowship 2015

Left to right: Bishop Lerullo (Uganda), Father Bill and Carolyn De Arteaga, Bishop Sean Larkin (UK).

This year the Charismatic Leaders’ Fellowship (CLF) met on February 23 to the 26, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Oral Roberts University campus. The weather outside was cold and icy, and in fact about one third of the registered participants could not make it in. But the atmosphere inside the conference was warm with the Holy Spirit.

For those of you who are not familiar with the CLF, it is the descendent of the Charismatic Concerns Committee, an important leadership group that was, among other things, instrumental in warning and ending the discipleship controversy of the 1970s. Every year the CLF brings issues of current importance to the attention of its members to inform them and to receive their discernment.

The theme for this year was “Muslims, Jews, and the Kingdom of God.” The lead speaker was Pastor Emmanuel Doulat, a native of Pakistan and convert to Christianity. After sharing his witness, Doulat proceeded with his analysis of Islam as a religion. His thesis was that the Koran is not really a “revelation” since there is absolutely nothing new in it about God or the spiritual world. Rather, the Koran is a mish-mash of elements of Judaism, Christianity and several religions that occupied the Arabian Peninsula at the time. The elements taken from the Gospels did not include the centrality of the cross or that Jesus is the son of God – both of which are denied in the Koran.

In his second talk Pastor Doulat shared the successes that Christian Church in Pakistan is now having in attracting new believers and converts from Islam in spite of the dangers involved. He shared pictures of his own revival/healing meetings in Pakistan. The key is to talk about Jesus, whom Muslims already esteem as prophet and healer, and then heal the sick in Jesus’ name. It is important to say nothing negative about Islam. That is against the law in Pakistan, as in most Islamic countries, and would put the evangelist in danger.

Emmanuel Doulat

Doulat’s insight dovetails my understanding that the Koran is a mediumistic (non-incarnational) document. [1] That is, unlike the books of the Bible, where the Holy Spirit inspired various writers, yet respected their personalities, vocabulary and viewpoints, the Koran is the product of mediumistic dictation. In mediumship the host person is bypassed and a spirit brings forth a “revelation” without use of host’s history, vocabulary or personality. Usually the host is entranced and does not remember what the invading spirit said. Muslims claim that the angel Gabriel whispered to Mohomet the verses of the Koran which he then repeated and these were subsequently written down. This is mediumship. Thus, since the Koran is a mediumistic document, it is necessarily demonic in origins, and like most all mediumistic works, unoriginal – the point of Pastor Doulat presentation.

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Category: Ministry, Winter 2015

About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include, Quenching the Spirit (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), and Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He and his wife Carolyn continue in their healing, teaching and writing ministries. He is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook AnglicalPentecostal.blogspot.com

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