This is *the* quote of the day if you ask me:
I listened to John MacAuthur rail against charismatics on a couple of youtubes. He would point to the weaknesses of the people involved in healing or prophetic insights and then say, “Do you really expect the Spirit to be speaking (working) through them?? The answer seems to obvious to even mention. Well, would you expect the same of the Corinthians, or the likes of you and me (Good ole’ John as well)? Hardly. Not always, but certainly now and again. Grace does offend, doesn’t it?
–Frank Macchia (Facebook status on the Pentecostal Theology Worldwide Facebook page)
It just leaves me speechless in so many ways how John MacArthur is going about all this…. I guess he forgot about Moses, Gideon, Sampson, David, Solomon, even Peter, Paul, and countless others through the ages who had many weaknesses of various sort and yet were vessels through the Spirit of God was able to break forth in the world in new and exciting and powerful ways…
MacArthur must have forgotten too how God’s power works primarily through weakness – consider: (1 Cor 1:26-31)
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
The Holy Spirit I guess really does promote and bring about a kind of non-conformist Christianity…. one in which socially constructed systems and boundaries are overturned by and through the presence of the Spirit.