There are two groups against "revivals" like the one in Lakeland, Florida. One group is what I term, "legitimate", the Pentecostals and Charismatics. Sadly, we have very few of them speaking out. Brave are the ones that do speak as the revivalists can be vicious. I learned this the hard way in the last revival go-around ten years ago - in Brownsville, Florida.
But most of the critiques I've read about Lakeland are from those who don't believe in half the gifts of the Spirit, if any of them. And many of those are from the Young Calvinist camp. So what I am saying is, their reason for cticising it isn't one of discernment, as much as a doctrinal difference (although a few of them are throwing in discernment too). What I want from these critics is more honesty. I would like to read something sounding like this,
"I don't believe in any Charismatic or Pentecostal revival; or any Charismatic or Pentecostal anytning for that matter. Therefore, it isn't just Lakeland I'm against - it's anything that is connected to Charismania."
To me that would be more honest than just pretending to be against Lakeland because of the aberrant things going on there.
Just a thought I wanted to throw out here.
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