Here's a quick stereotype, which seems to be true far too often. I'll give a detailed example later.
- a Charismatic who hasn't got a strong theological background but has a real love for Jesus has a valid and helpful Christian experience
- that experience gets described theologically in a way that is clear to the people concerned, but is actually inaccurate in a strict sense
- Conservatives come across this description and realise that it isn't theologically accurate
- Conservatives conclude that the experience is wrong and/or dangerous
- Conservatives miss out on the helpful and valid experience
- Charismatics observe conservatives missing out on the helpful and valid experience and conclude that they are resisting the work of the Holy Spirit.
The big mistakes here are stages 2, 4 and 6. To prevent this stereotype from happening, charismatics need to learn to express their experiences clearly, and in a way that is theologically accurate and conservatives need to learn to see the strengths and validity of people's experience, even when it isn't explained clearly.