Correction: Your ministry has blessed us for many years. We rely on your attention to detail (fact-checks) and integrity. The Strange Fire Conference article implied that Seduction, published in 1985, influenced/motivated Chuck Smith to write Charisma vs Charismania (e.g., “similar books by others followed….Seduction also motivated…”). Seduction certainly was a powerful book that (I would guess) influenced many apologetic ministries. But Chuck Smith wrote CvC in 1983, two years before Seduction. CvC was published in 1992 but it was first published in 1983.
Response: We stand corrected, and we thank you for bringing this error to our attention. We had only seen the 1992 publishing date and suggested that Seduction may have been an influence. Although we don’t like to report anything erroneously and are thankful to those like yourself who take the time to keep us on track with the truth, I can see an additional blessing stemming from our mistake. It gives us the opportunity to affirm the spiritual integrity of Chuck Smith, the founder of the Calvary Chapel movement, who, as you point out in your letter, was disparaged at the SFC by some who were “equating Calvary Chapel with the excesses of the Charismatic movement.” As you noted, “Chuck always spoke against the excesses of the movement,” and he was doing it before many of us.