Over the next several days I’ll be posting more videos by Torben Søndergaard addressing issues within the church that have arisen over decades through a lack of discernment and a lack of regard for God’s word.
Those issues are not one sided.
Søndergaard refers to the danger of falling into two extreme ditches if eyes are taken off the road between them; the road we are supposed to walk – the narrow way of Jesus.
Mostly attention is given to manifestations of both the flesh and deceiving spirits that have been accepted by many in the church as being the work of the Holy Spirit. But warnings are also given about the temptations of becoming a “heresy hunter” viewing all spiritual experience as being of the devil.
Those falling into the two ditches of charismania and cessationism have too little regard for the word of God, casting aside those parts that would challenge the error they have fallen for.
While pointing out various manifestations that he identifies as being either fleshly or demonic, Søndergaard avoids condemning those who have been deceived into thinking the Holy Spirit is at work. In fact he suggests that the Spirit IS at work, but not in the way assumed.
A few days ago in a recent post I wrote about Satan’s attempts to distract from the work of God and how we need to practice TRUE discernment when judging what’s going on so that we don’t reject the genuine along with the false.
Søndergaard believes that some of the manifestations evident among many charismatics can be due to the Holy Spirit’s presence causing unclean spirits to react; and that the manifestation of those evil spirits is unfortunately being interpreted by the undiscerning, as evidence of the Holy Spirit Himself. Therefore instead of the demon being cast out – their effects are being encouraged and sought.
Søndergaard also cautions against rejecting everything a charismatic group or individual does or teaches just because they are in error in in this particular area. He highlights the need for real discernment between the Godly and them ungodly, and not a complete rejection of everything.