The Miracle Channel Review


The Miracle Channel Review


A few weeks ago I filled in for faculty in a couple of courses.  I used some clips I recorded from the Miracle Channel.  It didn’t take long for me to find appalling theology to present to the students for their discerning pleasure.  I’m not normally the heresy hunting type but there is definitely a place for biblical discernment.  The programs I saw on that channel are so infested with the prosperity gospel it made me sick.  I don’t see a lot of difference between what I saw on the screen and the indulgences the Roman Catholic church sold to raise cash. 

I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit but there is a few fatal flaws in the charismatic movement.  Their spiritualist/literalist approach to scripture is not enough to keep them anchored in the truth.  Anyone can come along and say the Spirit told them such and such and then they pull out random bits of bible verses to prove their case and people believe it.  They are naturally suspcious of how an overly academic approach to scripture can wrestle the spiritual life of the text.  It isn’t an unreasonable fear.  However without a solid effort to understand scripture in its context (cultural, historical, linguistic, literary) they arrive at ideas that are not consistent with the whole message of scripture.

I stumbled upon this site about The Miracle Channel.  I can’t say I agree with all of his criticism but I’m more than happy to send a little google juice his way.

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