Welcome to the website Renewal-Theology!
It is designed to help people and to clarify for them Scripture, Christian doctrine, and church matters from a Renewal perspective.
The motto is:
Teaching God’s Word to His People
This website has come into being because worldwide revival has been ongoing for over a century, but it is widely believed that yet another wave of the Spirit is cresting and reaching the shores of various nations around the globe, particularly in America. There is a great need to teach people, particularly the upcoming generations, in these newer (or resurging) revival movements.
One main goal is to keep Renewalists of all sorts rooted in the Word, the Scriptures. Here are some verses of warning against straying:
Ephesians 4:14 says in the context of the church being built up by the five ministry offices (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) that we must not be carried away by deceitful fads that come and go like the wind:
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
In Hebrews 13:9, the author of the epistles warns against “strange teachings”::
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.
Titus 1:9 says that an overseer (like Titus or the men he will appoint over the church) must teach the doctrines that have been taught by or comes from the apostolic leaders of their times:
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
1 Timothy 4:1 issues the strongest warning of all. Demons or deceiving spirits can push oddball teachings through the Body of Christ:
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
In my experience, Renewal Movements, described next, are susceptible to fads that are as unstable as winds. However, I don’t want to exaggerate. Most Renewal churches I have visited or belonged to are within the mainstream and don’t stray.
Maybe these church goers like myself just need a review or brushup of basic biblical theology.
And so the website is purposed to provide it. But I acknowledge that no one has perfect doctrine, so we must show mercy and generosity to others with whom we may disagree.
Now let’s define Renewal Movements.
This website is mostly directed at the laity of all church backgrounds, but it is hoped that pastors and leaders will appreciate it too. More specifically, however, it is intended for those belonging to the Renewal Movement.
For the purposes of this website, the terms Renewal and Renewalists are broad enough to encompass these three worldwide movements:
First Wave: Pentecostal Movement (early 20th century →)
Second Wave: Charismatic Renewal (early 1960s →)
Third Wave: Neocharismatic Renewal (late 1970s and 1980s→)
Fourth Wave: Is another revival coming, or is it just a resurgence and advance of the first three?
Numerous subcategories of the first three waves are possible. They all have different theological emphases in the details, but they share in common the fullness and ongoing operation of the Spirit with power, including signs and wonders and other gifts. They all share in common a robust and biblical pneumatology (doctrine of the Spirit).
Those first three massive movements are growing faster than any other sector of the global church, and the Neocharismatics are more numerous than the first two waves because it embraces many numbers of independent Charismatic-Neopentecostal churches. In 2000 the estimated total of all three waves was over 523 million members, and it is predicted they will reach over 811 million by 2025.
Source: International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (rev. and expanded edition).
See my story, here:
I gladly belong to the Renewal Movement. I speak as a participating insider, not a judgmental outsider.
Welcome to the website, as we seek to help people understand their walk with God and Christian doctrine, so people are not tossed around by every wind of doctrine. Far from being antagonistic to Renewalists, this site comes from a Spirit-filled or Spirit-baptized perspective.
Finally, once again, we must admit no one has a perfect hold on pristine doctrine, so let’s show each other generosity and mercy and learn together.