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What Are Charismatics

What are the differences between Charismatic, Evangelical, and Fundamentalists Christians? Are they associated with specific sects?

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Jack -- Thank you for an actual answer to the question! It is a good question. I think your answer was what the poster was looking for...not an opinion.
---Donna66 on 10/22/09

Lawrence, interesting definition...I hadn't heard that before. I can't say that I disagree.
---Rod4Him on 10/21/09

Charismatics are carnal minded ministers etc using charisma to draw people. The True Word of God to draw people Is left out.
---Lawrence on 10/21/09

Thank you, Jack. I really appreciate it. What do the schools of thought entail, and what denominations are they associated with?
---Kelly on 11/11/08

Charismatics are derived from the Pentecostal movement, but rather than joining a Pentecostal denomination, either remain in their non-Pentecostal church, or join independent charismatic congregations.

Evangelical and Fundamentalists are more "schools of thought" among more conservative Protestants and pop-evangelicals.
---Jack on 7/25/07

They are types of believers, charismatic is gifted and drawing people into joining into the worship, similar to pentecostal; evangelical is outreach and going out and sharing the gospel with others; and fundamentalistic is similar to being legalistic emphasizing the elementary or basic principles of the Bible often lacking the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
---Eloy on 1/27/07

All of you sound so HOLY. mY GOODNESS. May I suggest ,that you brag on Jesus and the CROSS. God hates bragging of any kind. Thus saith the Lord.
---CATHERINE on 1/27/07

There are probably different levels of Charismatic religions/faiths. I personally believe that "Charimatic" is "flowing with the spirit" as you worship and sing praise.
---Pat on 1/27/07

jack, I agree, one must not 'broad brush' any group. I ask is my example of pentacostal exception/rule? Its a rhetorical question.

Susie. I can admit if I am wrong, like I ask, exception or rule? Sometimes perception is reality.

Michael; You are vague, Define what you are saying.
---MikeM on 1/27/07

**They built what is called a 'mega-church' in So. Cal. Is my analysis wrong?**

Just as fundamentalism and evangelicalism shade off into each other, so do pentecostalism and charismaticism, but I gave what has been the usual working definition.

I will admit the boundaries are not always distinct.
---Jack on 1/26/07

**What do the schools of thought entail, and what denominations are they associated with?**

"Evangelical" and "fundamentalist" frequently shade off into each other. (I've defined classical fundamentalism on another blog.)

It's an issue more complex than can be handled on these blogs.
---Jack on 1/25/07

Why are the Christians falling for the devil's lies? Be careful who you are in agreement with.
---Michael on 1/25/07

MikeM...Not all pentecostals are charismatics. Many of us are well-educated people who believe in all scripture is for today, not just some. Your relatives are not like most pentecostals I know although I have known some that fit that description. You might be surprised to know that there are large number of pentecostals who do not follow any of the televangelists. Many of us recognize wolves in sheeps clothing.
---Susie on 1/25/07

Former relitives called themselves 'charismatic'-I would say they were pentacostal, is there a difference? They were characterized by rabid anti-intellectualism, anti-education, esp when it came to women, who were to be submissive and childlike. Women were sent to retreats where they were emotionally pounded until they were passive waifs. They were into TV preachers, offering an autocratic doctrine, 'you question, your out!' They built what is called a 'mega-church' in So. Cal. Is my analysis wrong?
---MikeM on 1/25/07

*Some Catholic churches have spirit-filled services as well.
---Susie on 1/25/07**

We also have healing services.
---augusta on 1/25/07

Thank you for all your help on Charismatic. I appreciate your comments. So what are the specifics on Evangelicals and Fundamentalists. Would Lutherans or Presbyterians fall into either of those categories or do they have more to do with Pentecostal and Southern Baptists?
---Kelly on 1/25/07

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The word "charismatic" only means "gifted." We, who know Jesus, are all gifted. The Greek word used in the Bible is "charizma."
Charismatics are just people who believe in and excercise the gifts. There never was a beginning to the charsmatic movement other than the 12 disciples. They were all charismatic and so are we. Rom.12:6 and 1Cor.12 deal with charizma.
---john on 1/25/07

The term "charismatic" is often used in referring to the word of faith movement. They usually use a lot of praise and worship in their services, sometimes to the point of excluding any preaching. They say it is letting the Spirit move. Usually, the charismatic churches are non-denominational. However, there are people who associate themselves with the charismatic movement who are of many denominations, including Catholic. Some Catholic churches have spirit-filled services as well.
---Susie on 1/25/07

The difference between the LDS church and those you are questioning: they believe in Jesus Christ and the LDS church believes in another christ. The LDS church is a cult and those in question, are not.
---Michael on 1/25/07

So how do you actually define what a charismatic person is? There are churches that are described as charismatic and there are individuals who would describe themselves as charismatic, so what does it actually mean in Christian terms? Is it outgoing - loud - over the top or something else? It is a word that is used a lot but I'm not convinced that everyone means the same thing by the word. Some clarity would help.
---m.p.a. on 1/25/07

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Started in 1966, "charismatic" come from the word "charisma" People who believe in salvation through Jesus Christ have been endowed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit movement is not new. He manifest among the people from old and new testaments. A catholic, evangelical or fundamentalist, can have the gifts of the Holy Spirit, charismatic. The Holy Spirit is not a respecter of a person or religion. He is for everybody who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
---agnes on 1/25/07

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