Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship

Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship

Strange Fire The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship 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 a

  • Title: Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship
  • Author: John F. MacArthur Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781400205172
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 aWhat 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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    With the release of Strange Fire, I can't think of another book that has been so heavily criticized by many in the evangelical community by those who have not read the book! One might reflect back to the Love Wins drama when Rob Bell began to be criticized by numerous of people who had not read his book either. Although much of Rob Bell's criticism was warranted - I read the book in one sitting and forthwith wrote a critique of it myself - it appears a lot of the criticism against MacArthur, esp [...]

    There are many NICE and scholarly reviews of this book. I'll get right to the point:OH NO! John MacArthur is dividing the body of Christ - as I have heard many a Charismatic proclaim loudly. But no he's not, he's just taking out the trash from the house of God.I loved this book. John got right to the point and preached the Biblical truth to those who abuse the Word of God. The problem is: very few people like being told they are wrong and behaving dangerously based on their emotional insecuritie [...]

    I should probably state upfront that I am a MacArthur fan, although I don't agree with all of his views. I read "Charismatic Chaos" a few years ago and found it really helpful in trying to find the correct path through the maze of charismatic confusion that seems to be everywhere. I remember being astonished by just how much error had crept in to mainstream evangelicalism and even into what I had thought were trusted sources. I shouldn't really have been surprised as of course the confusion is p [...]

    n 2014, the Assemblies of God completes its 100th year of ministry. From humble beginnings in Hot Springs, Ark our Fellowship has grown to encompass over 66 million believers in 252 countries, territories, and provinces. Faithful saints have planted and watered gospel seeds during these years, but God has made them grow (1 Corinthians 3:6).The AG is part of the Charismatic Movement, which now numbers over 500 million persons worldwide.1 That movement has shifted the center of Christianity from t [...]

    As someone who was raised in a pure Charismatic/Pentecostal/Word-Faith family and church who had for several years been struggling with the cognitive dissonance between what I was reading in the Bible and what I'd been raised in all my life, news of the Strange Fire conference very much got my attention. The discussion was very level-headed and honest, presented with deep concern for those caught up in this false gospel—more so, I suspect, than many of those listening know of. MacArthur's book [...]

    Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water! I have had great respect for Dr. MacArthur until now. I even strongly agree with him regarding frauds such as Benny Hinn, the Word of Faith preachers and the New Apostolic Reformation, which he describes in this book. But he is dead wrong that gifts of the Spirit do not occur today. He is wrong to tar all Pentecostals with the same brush that he uses on the frauds. In addition Dr. MacArthur is inconsistent in that he denounces ALL charismatic [...]

    Not surprisingly, there wasn't a chapter on basic logic in this book.For the reviewChapter 1 is simply a string of recycled sermon notes on how silly and evil various brands of charismania are. Okay, but anyone can play this game. I agree there are hucksters and there is a special place in hell for them, but this is not an argument. Macarthur does actually get to something like an argument:Thesis: "It is the elevation of experience over the authority of Scripture that grieves and demeans the Hol [...]

    In this book, MacArthur examines the modern Charismatic Movement, and whether or not it is biblical. I thought he did a good job of comparing the movement with Scripture, and warning against some of its more dangerous ideas. There were a couple places where he came off a little harsh, but then, I couldn't really argue with his points. This book is definitely helpful to anyone wanting to view this issue with discernment, and I'd recommend it.

    I could not finish this book, which is a shame because I really thought I’d like it, but no way. It was a miracle I got as far as 40%.Here’s what I believed the book was about: how to keep balance with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, pretty much what Apostle Paul did in 1 Corinthians 14.Unexpectantly, the book was trying to show you the excesses in Church in regard to the gifts of the Holy Spirit demonstrate those are not for today.I don’t agree with it.Besides, this book judges pastors, mov [...]

    This is one of the most powerful books I've read in a long time. I wanted to read it to better understand the debate about whether spiritual gifts continued after the apostles, and this was a comprehensive overview. Not only did I learn about what scripture says about spiritual gifts but fell more in love with the purpose and love of the Trinity as a result.

    "Strange Fire" will be controversial as Dr. MacArthur takes a very confrontational stance on the charismatic movement.Dr. MacArthur doesn’t sugar coat his thoughts on the ministries of T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and others. Throughout the book, he exposes what he calls scandals and false teachings of many of these leaders. He also seeks to set out principles of discernment and teaching on the role of the Holy Spirit. He closes the book with his thoughts on what the ministry of the S [...]

    Strange Fire left me smoldering. I have enjoyed reading some of MacArthur's other books, however that has all changed with this work. While I agree that there are charismatic excesses in some of the big-named ministries, to demonize the entire charismatic movement is simply unfair. Perhaps MacArthur should have researched a few of the less visible charismatic Christians who are living out their faith in love. It would have been a more balanced assessment, but then it would have done damage to hi [...]

    This is another masterfully written piece of literature in typical MacArthur style, with methodical detail and copious verifiable examples as he accurately evaluates the charismatic movement.For everyone claiming to be a Bible believing Christian, this is a must read. This represents a unique opportunity for Christians to read a graciously written appraisal of the modern church’s practices while evaluating personal beliefs at all levels. In a time when theological evaluation is frowned upon, M [...]

    I am so thankful for this work. MacArthur has the book so well written and carefully articulated. Since I have family members in this movement, this is a book that is near and dear to me. Much like Charismatic Chaos, MacArthur shows the dangerous and damning flaws of the Charismatic Movement. He uses source after source to make his points clear and thus making it hard to argue against. If I were to sit down with someone there might be some small things that I disagree with, but overall this book [...]

    The book is a wealth of knowledge from a Pastor who lived through almost the birthing of this new wave of charismatics. Well written and contains a ton of great insight.

    I am very glad that MacArthur—in sincere love of Christ, His Bride, and His truth—wrote this book. Its message must be understood. Clearly not everyone will agree with MacArthur’s cessationist position; nevertheless, charismatics and continuists must recognize their loving duty to call out everyone who bears the name of Christ yet teaches unbiblical, heretical doctrines.(Note 1: When I say “charismatic movement,” I refer to the movement as a whole. I recognize some within the movement [...]

    This book offers a sober look into the Charismatic movement. The author looks at the biblical, historical, and practical issues that surround the movement.

    2.5-StarsMy pastor could have been speaking of John MacArthur when he said to me, "Your message is usually substantive and true but the way that you deliver it often leaves the other person so in reaction to the messenger that they can't receive the message." Yes, friends, I empathize with John MacArthur since I'm on of that those annoying "truth first, grace and mercy second, and let the pieces fall where they will third" guys too. And try as I may to not react to the messenger rather than the [...]

    John MacArthur has never been one to shy away from speaking the truth of Scripture, even at the expense of alienating people and making others mad. His latest book Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship is a perfect example of that. Having watched the church’s Charismatic Movement explode in recent decades, along with its many scandals and issues, MacArthur penned this book to air his concerns with this religious movement and how it misrepresents the wor [...]

    Really taught me ALOT!!! This book was a surprising read for me. First of all it was much longer and more intellectual book than I would usually pick up however once I started I couldn’t put it down and knocked the whole thing out in a week. Even though I have not been completely converted to cessationism, I have had so many of my beliefs in the continuation of the spiritual gifts shaken. I have also come to view modern Charismania as a plague on today’s church, rather than just a flaw. I th [...]

    I share MacArthur's passion and concern for the extremities within the charismatic movement, but this book is disappointingly lacking in nuance and precision. Rather than a scalpel, MacArthur races in with a sledge hammer, and I fear he has soured what may have otherwise been effective and useful criticisms because he appears to resist nearly all opportunities to delineate between the excessive prosperity and healing cults and more balanced Charismatic ministries. There were some very insightful [...]

    I did not know for sure what to expect when I heard about John MacArthur’s conference called “Strange Fire” or the book of the same name. Given all the Internet hubbub about the conference, I wondered if this book would be some sort of unfair, cruel, hatchet piece on guys I like such as John Piper and Wayne Grudem, both continuationists. However, after listening to the conference, I bought the book when it was on sale for Kindle. And, I have to say, I am far more impressed with the book t [...]

    If you have seen clips or know about the Strange Fire conference then you know exactly what this book is about. It is not an indictment of continuationists or even of charismatics. It is an indictment of those who prey on the spiritually hungry. In the tradition of Oral Roberts and Benny Hinn, the charismatic movement has given birth to those who do not hold to the sufficiency of Holy Scripture. They are looking for further revelation and a voice from God. As the expression goes, "If you want to [...]

    Must read for every Pastor. I appreciate J Mac's careful Scriptural explanation and unwavering conviction hold to Scriptural conclusions in the face of pressure from other evangelical ministries.

    Helped me to understand some of what is out there today, with "church" folks and their claim to fame about the Holy Spirit of God, and how it deviates from Scripture.

    Let me first start off by saying this: I love my Continuationist brothers and sisters. I do not think of them less than I do of my Cessationist brothers and sisters. There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, and one God the Father of all (Ephesians 4:4-6) I in no way write this review to bash any of you, or to make any of you feel inferior.Having said that, let's dive in. In all honesty, I went into this book with some hesitation. I've heard Charismatics rant about it, I've h [...]

    The reputation of this book preceded it in terms of the controversy it caused. To be fair, it's marketing was kind of asking for it. However, I found the actual book to be a pretty good look at the issue, once you understand what it's actually saying.The main premise of this book is that it's the extremes of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement (Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts, etc.) that really are the mainstream of the movement, and thus all but one or two chapter of the book are mostly focused on th [...]

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