By John F. MacArthur
What may God say approximately those that blatantly misrepresent His Holy Spirit; who trade precise worship for chaotic matches of senseless ecstasy; who substitute the biblical gospel with useless illusions of healthiness and wealth; who declare to prophesy in His identify but converse error; and who promote fake wish to determined humans for hundreds of thousands of dollars?
The charismatic circulate has continuously been a breeding-ground for scandal, greed, undesirable doctrine, and all types of religious chicanery. As a flow, it truly is truly headed the inaccurate course. And it really is starting to be at an unparalleled rate.
From the note of religion to the hot Apostolic Reformation, the Charismatic stream is being fed on by way of the empty can provide of the prosperity gospel. Too many charismatic celebrities advertise a “Christianity” with no Christ, a Holy Spirit with out holiness. And their educating is having a disastrous impact on a grand scale, as huge tv networks broadcast their heresies to each a part of the world.
In Strange Fire, bestselling writer and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory heritage in the back of the fashionable Charismatic circulate. He lays out a chilling case for rejecting its fake prophets, talking out opposed to their error, exhibiting real reverence to the Holy Spirit, and chiefly clinging to the Bible because the inerrant, authoritative observe of God and the single real common wherein all fact claims has to be tested.
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4–8), yet in its place they have been worshipping a gruesome misrepresentation, dancing round it in dishonorable disarray (v. 25). God’s reaction to their disobedience used to be rapid and critical. prior to the day used to be over, millions have been positioned to loss of life. Here’s the purpose: we can’t make God into any shape we want. we can't mould Him into our personal photograph, in line with our personal standards and imaginations. but that's what many Pentecostals and charismatics have performed. they've got created their very own golden-calf model of the Holy Spirit. they've got thrown their theology into the fires of human event and worshipped the fake spirit that got here out—parading themselves ahead of it with strange antics and unrestrained habit. As a circulation, they've got over and over neglected the reality in regards to the Holy Spirit and with reckless license manage an idol spirit in the home of God, dishonoring the 3rd member of the Trinity in His personal identify. A malicious program of religious CORRUPTION regardless of their gross theological mistakes, charismatics call for popularity inside of mainstream evangelicalism. And evangelicals have mostly succumbed to these calls for, responding with outstretched palms and a welcoming smile. In so doing, mainstream evangelicalism has unwittingly invited an enemy into the camp. The gates were flung open to a computer virus of subjectivism, experientialism, ecumenical compromise, and heresy. those that compromise during this approach are fidgeting with unusual hearth and putting themselves in grave probability. while the Pentecostal flow begun within the early 1900s, it used to be principally thought of a cult through theological conservatives. four For the main half, it used to be remoted and contained inside its personal denominations. yet within the Sixties, the flow started to spill over into the mainline denominations—gaining a foothold in Protestant church buildings that had embraced theological liberalism and have been already spiritually useless. the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal stream is generally traced to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California. simply weeks earlier than Easter in 1960, their pastor, Dennis Bennett, introduced he had bought a Pentecostal baptism of the Holy Spirit. (He printed he and a small crew of parishioners were keeping covert conferences for your time, within which they practiced conversing in tongues. ) Liberal Episcopal leaders have been under passionate about Father Bennett’s assertion. in reality, Bennett was once quickly fired from the Van Nuys church. yet he remained within the Episcopal denomination and used to be ultimately referred to as to function rector in a liberal, death city church in Seattle. That church instantly started to develop, and Bennett’s neo-Pentecostalism progressively unfold and took root in different different spiritually parched congregations. via the tip of the last decade, determined and demise mainline church buildings around the globe have been embracing charismatic doctrine and seeing numerical progress hence. five The emotional experientialism of Pentecostalism introduced a spark to these in a different way stagnant congregations, and via the Nineteen Seventies the Charismatic Renewal stream was once starting to achieve genuine momentum.