Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chris Rosebrough's interview with Charismatic televangelist Brian Powers

Some time back, Chris Rosebrough did an interview with Charismatic televangelist Brian Powers. It was an interesting interview, albeit Chris was going a bit too hard on Powers in my opinion; not even small talk to begin with.

While it is evident that Power clearly need to repent of his heresies, it would be good if Chris was a bit nicer, but then I guess the directness does make it clear the sharp contrast between biblical Christianity and Charismatism.

7 comments:

NeonMadman said...

I can understand why Chris might have gotten frustrated during the discussion, as talking with Powers was like trying to nail Jello to the wall. Powers evaded nearly every question that Chris asked him and just asserted his own authority. When Chris brought up Scripture, Powers brushed it aside as "dead religion," again asserting the need to follow him as the true possessor of the Holy Spirit. I was left with the clear impression that Powers doesn't even believe in the Bible, only his own experience - if even that. Frankly, my impression after the interview was that Powers is a complete charlatan, using religion to enrich himself. He wouldn't address biblical questions because he is not capable of doing so.

PuritanReformed said...

@NeoMadman:

It is like nailing Jello to the wall. That said, the mindset and conduct of Powers represent not just him but generic Evangelicalism, especially those from Charismatic megachurches. In their own frames of mind, what Powers says makes sense.

If we want to reach out to these people, we should try to put our points across without trying to sound polemical. Powers is not really a false teacher, for he teaches absolutely nothing. He is a anti-teacher. Just like many "Evangelicals," they are not unorthodox not because they are heretical but because they have no position neither do they care for one. They are anti-orthodox, anti-intellectual, and anti-theological.

Gregory S. Gill said...

"Chris Rosebrough was correct, he was not in anyway too hard on the heretic televangelist Brian Powers.

PuritanReformed said...

It depends on what you mean by "hard."

J Pep said...

Was Jesus too hard when he called the Pharisees devils and vipers? Going easy on these people is why the Church is in the state it is in. We're called to stand for truth. If more people opposed these false teachers the direction of the Church would change. Be more concerned with the millions of people who have been led astray because of false teachers and less worried about the ones that get their feelings hurt. Jesus was tough on false teachers.

J Pep said...

An anit-teacher IS false teacher. If you are not preaching Gods word you're a false teacher.

PuritanReformed said...

@J Pep,

yes, Jesus was hard on the Pharisees. But you seem to think that just because Jesus was hard on them so we should be harsh on everyone who is in error in the same way. There is a difference between the two. Those who can't tell the difference will end up in the same situation as the hyper-Dispensationalists who split and split over minutiae, denouncing everyone they disagree with as heretics