A friend was telling me yesterday about a discussion in the early days of the Renewal Movement in the Episcopal Church at which the best known Charismatic of the day described John Stott and J. I. Packer as ‘dead Evangelicals’ because they had the Word of God but not the Spirit of God. Few Charismatics today would make that statement, I imagine, but we can never be reminded too often that according to Galatians 3.2, 5 and I Cor 12.11 whoever receives the Word of God with faith receives the Spirit of God regardless of what outward signs are or are not present.

Julia Duin‘s recent book on Graham Pulkingham sounds like a great reminder of that, as is shown by the following quote from George Conger‘s review of it for the Washington Times:

Pulkingham’s theology also began to change as he moved away from the beliefs of his early charismatic days, now placing the primacy of the collective over all relationships – including those of husband and wife and parent and child. He continued to pursue the experience of ecstatic worship, but the anchor of the Bible had been severed. What God told him was no longer to be tested against Scripture, the Pentecostal norm, but was tested against his own experience and opinions.

Read the whole review here.