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

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Thomas Nelson, Nov 19, 2013 - Religion - 352 pages

In Strange Fire, bestselling author and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory history behind the modern Charismatic movement.

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 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, MacArthur lays out a chilling case against the modern Charismatic movement that includes:

  • Rejecting its false prophets.
  • Speaking out against their errors.
  • Showing true reverence to the Holy Spirit.
  • 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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A thorough coverage of the distinctive elements of much of today's charismatic church movement from a biblical and theological viewpoint. At times Macarthur seems a little harsh in his criticism ... Read full review

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This is a sharply criticized book but it primarily points to the rampantly unbiblical word of faith movement, which needs to be exposed as heretical. He does address charismatics who preach the true ... Read full review

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Contents

Exposing the Counterfeit Gifts
83
Rediscovering the Spirits True Work
177
Acknowledgments
249
Voices from Church History
251
Notes
263
Index
313
Scripture Index
325
About the Author
333
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John MacArthur has served as 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 five 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 Chancellor 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 numerous bestselling books, including Twelve Ordinary Men and One Perfect Life.

For more details about John MacArthur and his Bible-teaching resources, contact Grace to You at 800-55-GRACE or gty.org.

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