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Strange Fire [Hardcover]

John Macarthur
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Book Description

Nov. 5 2013

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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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 and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Will Always Be Divisive Feb. 20 2014
I attended the Strange Fire conference - where they gave this book away (which is why it's not in my purchases).

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 25 2014
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Excellent. I really enjoy all of John MacArthur's works. This book is a very thorough analysis of elements of the charismatic movement where the Holy Spirit is being worshiped to the exclusion of Jesus and God the Father (since the Spirits ministry is to convict and focus on Christ so that we become more and more like our Savior, Jesus). He does a very good job of supporting his viewpoint with scripture and really explains why "the canon is closed" and where "speaking in tongues" in today's gibberish (as opposed to actual foreign languages as occurred at Pentecost) is not a spiritual gift anymore. He also highlights doctrinal compromise by this movement, such as their "joining in brotherhood" with the Roman Catholic church which most born again Christians should question (since Roman Catholicism is a system of works at its core and not of faith alone).Highly recommended for those who have questions about the charismatic movement, speaking in tongues, etc..
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you've had doubts.. Feb. 14 2014
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If you've ever had doubts about the Charismatic church and that nagging feeling that something is just not right. This will clear up all those issues with the proper study of the scriptures and essential theology. Sola Scriptura!
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I believe these deceptions come as a result of separating the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, and the Word of God.

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.
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