The Danger of Offending God with Counterfeit Worship
What would God say about those who blatantly misrepresent His Holy Spirit; those 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 sufficient and complete source for our faith.
Table of Contents
Introduction: For the Sake of His Name
Part 1: Confronting a Counterfeit Revival
- 1) Mocking the Spirit
- 2) A New Work of the Spirit?
- 3) Testing the Spirits, Part 1
- 4) Testing the Spirits, Part 2
Part 2: Exposing the Counterfeit Gifts
- 5) Apostles Among Us?
- 6) The Folly of Fallible Prophets
- 7) Twisting Tongues
- 8) Fake Healings and False Hopes
Part 3: Rediscovering the Spirit’s True Work
- 9) The Holy Spirit and Salvation
- 10) The Spirit and Sanctification
- 11) The Spirit and the Scriptures
- 12) An Open Letter to My Continuationist Friends
About the Author
John MacArthur has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. His ministry of expository preaching is unparalleled in its breadth and influence. In more than four decades of ministry from the same pulpit, he has preached verse by verse through the entire New Testament (and several key sections of the Old Testament). He is president of the Master’s University and Seminary and can be heard daily on the Grace to You radio broadcast (carried on hundreds of radio stations worldwide). He has authored a number of bestselling books, including Twelve Ordinary Men, and The Vanishing Conscience.