John macarthur strange fire review
Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship by John F. MacArthur Jr.What would God say about those who blatantly misrepresent His Holy Spirit; who exchange true worship for chaotic fits of mindless ecstasy; who replace the biblical gospel with vain illusions of health and wealth; who claim to prophesy in His name yet speak errors; and who sell false hope to desperate people for millions of dollars?
The charismatic movement has always been a breeding-ground for scandal, greed, bad doctrine, and all kinds of spiritual chicanery. As a movement, it is clearly headed the wrong direction. And it is growing at an unprecedented rate.
From the Word of Faith to the New Apostolic Reformation, the Charismatic movement is being consumed by the empty promises of the prosperity gospel. Too many charismatic celebrities promote a “Christianity” without Christ, a Holy Spirit without holiness. And their teaching is having a disastrous influence on a grand scale, as large television networks broadcast their heresies to every part of the world.
In Strange Fire, bestselling author and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory history behind the modern Charismatic movement. He lays out a chilling case for rejecting its false prophets, speaking out against their errors, showing true reverence to the Holy Spirit, and above all clinging to the Bible as the inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the one true standard by which all truth claims must be tested.
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Nevertheless, there is much to be learned from his criticisms; he has brought again to our attention some serious errors that charismatic churches must be on their guard against. I start with some agreeable points in the book and then move to points where I believe MacArthur has clearly overstepped the bounds of reason and Christian civility; there my tone cannot be as conciliatory.
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The Strange Thing about Strange Fire: A Review of Strange Fire by Dr. John MacArthur
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As with any internecine tiff within the Christian community, insults have been hurled, personalities have been maligned, and blogs and Twitter feeds have rolled out an incessant verbiage — some helpful and some not so much. What can we learn from the controversy and its fallout? Are there any takeaways? As a result, God punished them with death. MacArthur rightly identifies some in the Charismatic movement whose overemphasis upon this doctrine have created unscriptural excesses.
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Strange Fire, by Dr. John MacArthur Thomas Nelson, The controversy concerning the Strange Fire Conference and the release of the book bearing the same name has been ubiquitous in the blogosphere in recent months. It has seemed as if everyone has had an opinion, concern, critique, or praise for Strange Fire. With that being said, I must confess that I never intended to enter the fray. There are more capable people who have written concerning the book and the conference.
Sooner or later we have to have a discussion about charismatic continuationist theology and whether or not the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit remain in operation in the church today or, if you prefer, about cessationist theology and whether or not the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased in the church today. We have wanted to make sure New Calvinism is large enough for both, that it will not fracture along this particular line, and this has delayed the conversation. But at some point we just have to talk about it. John MacArthur is forcing the issue with a book and a conference titled Strange Fire. The conference is still several weeks away and the book will not be widely available until a few weeks after that. However, I recently received an advance copy of the book and have read it a couple of times now. I want to begin a conversation today, and my purpose is really to get an idea of how people feel about the whole issue.
Reviewed by Fred W. And try as I may to not react to the messenger rather than the message in this review I will warn you in advance that I may not succeed. The More Things Change. Anti-Charismatic books are nothing new to John MacArthur. So three titles and thirty five years later and what has changed?