so john macarthur’s strange fire conference has been going on. what’s it all about? well it is mac’s attempt to confront and call out the pentecostal/charismatic/third wave movements as anything but christian. this is the basic thesis of the conference:
The charismatic movement offers nothing to true worship because it has made no contribution to biblical clarity, interpretation, or sound doctrine.
he calls it an “alien movement.”
it really does seem that any self respecting Christian who’s really given time to reading and reflecting on the Bible and or has done a wide enough reading in christian theology and or biblical studies (especially in the area of the person and work and theology of the Holy Spirit) would know this statement is totally ridiculous. the problem is that macarthur has put all his eggs in one basket and i think most know that is a big no-no. he’s ignorant of the movment historically and theologically. period. (i just heard him list 1966 and the drug culture that lead to vineyard leads to excesses… gosh, he just doesn’t know does he??)
it seems to be becoming more obvious that “Mac and the pack” has to be speaking to the TBN related crowd and the WOF folk and those that write the “pop” theology type books, of which, sadly, he
would could be correct – they have nothing to offer they can be frustrating to deal with (listen to, read, interact with)…. yet this statement reveals massive significant ignorance of the wider world of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement….
it denies the work of true pentecostal and or charismatic and or third wave theologians and scholars – there are many to mention, and while overall the movements are young – much good theology and scholarship has come of it – in fact it really is consider the third stream in historic christianity – catholicism, protestantism (word), and the pentecostal (spirit) movement.
well, anyways much as been said and for macarthur to critique a folks like piper and then weirdos like crowder in the same sentence is like comparing apples and oranges. you just can’t do that.
much has been said already and i wanted to share some links for consideration (this isn’t an appeal to become a charismatic so much as to show some sensibility in taking this issue on – really, agree or disagree, these folks should know better.
Marc Cortez – covers the good, the bad, and the ugly
Rodeny shares on Latino Pentecostalism
Michael Patton (a non charismatic) talks about how John MacArthur is “losing his voice.”
Scott Lencke confronts the odd [weird] approach of it all.
Here is an nteresting take on the Strange Fire conference titled: John MacArthur and the New Atheism: http://t.co/ggVjMbuTnD
David Hayward reflects on how John MacArthur consigns millions of Christians to Hell.
well, that should get y’all going on learning more about it all.