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One difference between Baptist Churches and Charismatic churches

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Thought from an ex-Charismatic, latecomer Baptist: I bet RE difference people thought of signs, gifts and speaking in tongues immediately.


This is actually referring to doctrine "in practice". I remember in beginner psychology subjects that a Cognitive dissonance makes a person either change their beliefs or change their practice. A person therefore will eventually live what they really believe, deep down. (Can't walk both sides of fence forever!)



I have read and heard Baptist pastors' testimonies of legalistic upbringing. Reformed pastors especially mention the spiritual freedom they received when they truly understood God's grace for first time. In the several churches I have attended, they preach as if they assume that Christians understand God's Law and need to be holy... but when they mention a spiritual danger it is only ever regarding legalism, never licentiousness. The topic of sin is not avoided.


In comparison, the Charismatic churches in Australia mention sin and repentance on websites' core doctrines page "what we believe", but when I attended a charismatic church in Melbourne in 2007 I never heard about that topic specifically. Generalised "yes you have failed, made mistakes you regret, but God loves you any way". Never mentioned God's laws, God loves you *as you are*.


Both churches believe you "must be born again". Both churches expect changed lives. I found the difference in observable morality standards amongst Christian older Charismatic women to non-Charismatic women very noticeable though.....


I would be interested in pastors' thoughts on this especially. I know God views sins of the heart as abhorent as sins committed, and it is way too easy to judge people who have acted immorally, forgetting our own serious shortcomings.


p.s. I got the "don't judge... EVER" tactic all the time when interacting online with Hillsongees especially.



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