Strange Fire Hardcover – Nov 19 2013
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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He lives in Los Angeles.
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In his latest book Strange Fire, by which he also held a Conference with the same title and theme, John MacArthur does what very few ministers and leaders dare to do, take on the Charismatic movement head-on and apply strict biblical standards. It was about time that an extra-biblical resource was provided to address the current Charismatic movement, which to provide a preview, involved questionable acts of the "Holy Spirit" such as uncontrollable laughter and more, which were also mentioned in his recent book Worship, which set up the stage for Strange Fire. However the only concern I must express as an evangelical is MacArthur's Presbyterian stance on the Holy Spirit's manifestations. He for one does not believe that speaking in tongues can still be done today, or other miraculous happenings as witnessed in the book of Acts, this due to the belief that the Holy Spirit has ceased operating in certain ways. Personally I must voice my displeasure with this side of the book, but on the flip side, he does well to expose the extremists on the other end of the spectrum.
I have received this complimentary book from Nelson Books through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.
Too many young people want the Spirit but are not into the Word of God enough, if at all, to know that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God cannot be separated. They always work together. The Holy Spirit magnifies Jesus Christ and does not take the glory away from Jesus. Discernment comes through knowing the Word of God and searching it to find the truth. We are to test the spirits... the Bible tells us this because there will be many false spirits in the last days.
The spirit that many young people and some older ones believe is a so called holy Spirit that does not honor Christ Jesus nor magnify His name. This other spirit also mocks the Holy Spirit and too many young people are falling under its influence. I hope everyone will read this book and speak to their teens and young adults regarding comparing what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit, how the Holy Spirit never takes the glory away from Christ Jesus, and never works separately from the Word of God. Teaching your young ones discernment comes from being a good Berean and examining Scripture carefully to see if something contradicts it, or if something has been added or taken away from it. Without discernment, many will fall for these delusions.
The book covers much of what was said at the conference - although I'd encourage you to watch the videos online. Of particular importance were the lectures by Steve Lawson, Conrad Mbewe, Tom Pennington.
In a nutshell, the charismatic movement has sunk to the point where anything and everything is attributed to the Holy Spirit. This is nothing short of heresy. Scripture plainly explains who the Holy Spirit is and what He does - and when this is compared to current charismatic practices, the contrast is obvious and striking.
The book lays down the theological reasons for this. It does so in an articulate, authoritative and readable fashion.
Is the book divisive? Absolutely! The truth always divides. Scripture was meant to do so - it is "profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction."
I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone looking to have the light of Biblical truth shed on the charismatic movement.
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As we are serving the same Christ, let us love one another as He commanded, not suggested. Christianity has hypocrites, imposters & extremists just as any other group of humans... Read morePublished 5 months ago by In Christ
LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF THIS READ.I LOVE JOHN MACARTHURS WORKPublished 18 months ago by MANUEL VINCENT
While the author is a little strong against all Charismatics, he does a good job identifying weaknesses with Charismatic practices.Published 24 months ago by Andrea