I think charismatics are yet another way by which misguided people, including clergy, attempt to fill up the pews by worldly means. On another thread, we see some churches trying to do this with beer. I thought we were supposed to be dead to the world? That's paradoxical, imo. We're supposed to be dead to the world, and yet we're supposed to engage in fellowship, which is socializing and brings you into contact with worldliness, because they bring all that baggage along with them, even to church. As to charismatics, no sooner did I see this thread on the subject when I read a passage from Fr Reardon's book, "Christ in His Saints" that seems to speak on this very thing:
Speaking about Simon Peter who, after having denied Christ three times in the courtyard, felt so distraught and guilty by what he'd done, that when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the garden, Simon Peter attacked with violence. "...he was neither the first man nor the last to confuse human excitement with divine strength, nor to mistake the pumping of adrenaline for the infusion of grace. Within a very short time after he swung his sword at the unsuspecting Malchus (cf. John 18:10), we find Peter backing down, embarrassed before the pointing finger of servant girl."
We're finding more and more worldly ways to draw into the church people who abide only worldly values, and then we're going to what? Tell them then that it's wrong? What good does it do to attract people to the church in precisely the wrong ways, when, in doing so, we've made hypocrites of ourselves, and have, therefore, taught them nothing? Worse than that, we will have taught them something, and it will be the wrong thing.