(HT) Sincerely hope someone will take the time to read this message written by Michael Patton at Credo House Ministries.
Personally, I believe he started losing his voice/influence some time ago. But my reasons for “why” is for another post at another time…
It is awfully hard to write a blog expressing disagreement. I particularly have trouble when it comes to naming names. I am not saying it is necessarily wrong, I am just saying I don’t do it well. I would rather keep things generic. On top of all this, it is really hard to write criticism about someone whom you respect so much.
John MacArthur, the pastor-teacher, author, and Christian spokesman, is a man of God who has brought so much growth in my life in so many ways.
He is an incredible Bible teacher who has changed many people’s lives for the better. (Of course, when something starts this way, nothing really matters before the “but” does it?)
But . . .
In his ”Strange Fire” conference (that starts today), book (upcoming), and ensuing promotions, John MacArthur has, I believe, acted very irresponsibly and is doing incredible damage to the body of Christ.
It is no secret that John MacArthur pushes the polemic line and causes many of us to be uncomfortable. This is just who he is and I don’t really expect him to be different. But this conference is an excessively eristic and unnecessarily divisive crusade against charismatics. And, to be frank, it is even over-the-top for him.
Now, let me make sure you know: I have not seen the conference or read his book. But I have been engaged in reading reviews of the book and promotion videos, created by John MacArthur, for this anti-charismatic campaign. You can see some of the videos here. It is quite a production. And this is not some passing slip of the tongue that may be excused (as is sometimes the case). This is a full-blown all-out war he has declared.
Please understand that I am not charismatic. I have often expressed myself as the most “want to be charismatic” non-charismatic you will ever meet. As well, I used to be as anti-charismatic as anyone you would ever meet. Frankly, charismatics made me angry. I attributed all that went on in charismatic circles to the work of Satan. I called, pleaded, and prayed that charismatics would “convert” to cessationism. And my arguments were, at least to me, persuasive.
However, I changed. God put way too many flies in my ointment for me to remain in this excessively polemic position.
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