The Holy Spirit: Not a Narcotic

Polemics Report

To quote the words of Charles Dickens, it continues to be “the best of times and the worst of times” for evangelicalism. In a news story all but made for the “the worst of times” file, the Daily Mail, a British newspaper, reported the downright disturbing case of Brandon Barthrop, an advocate of what he has termed “the drunken glory”, who was not importing a curious brand of ‘Christianity’ to the sceptred shores of the United Kingdom.

As a resident of the UK, to see the likes of John Crowder (a man who by his own admission questions the Biblical understanding of the fate of those who do not believe the Gospel of Christ) peddling their spiritual snake oil on our shores fills me with no shortness of indignation. Their folly is evident to anyone who actually reads their New Testament and while these men are extremists…

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