I recently purchased the Strange Fire Book after watching all the video’s on Youtube about a year or so ago. For those who don’t know it, the Strange Fire conference was about the Charismatic movement. In the conference the Charismatic movement was measured against the biblical standard to see exactly how it stacks up. And then to sound the clear clarion call against it, warning those in it to come out.
500 Million People Can’t Be Wrong
There are reportedly half a billion people, that’s 500 million people professing to be charismatics. They call can’t be wrong can they? Apparently they can, and are. That’s an empathic statement taking a definite position on this matter. The purpose of this post is not expressely to make a case to defend that position per say but to firstly take that position. Secondly this post will point you in the right direction to find the material that will infinitely better demonstrate and substantiate that position. I want to stress the following: take the time to seriously consider the materials, not doing so will be a shame.
Charismatic Movement Weighed
So who is doing the weighing? The Strange Fire conference was the mechanism, in 2013 hosted by Grace To You and John MacArthur at Grace Community Church in California. The conference included pastors and speakers from as far afield as Africa. The results were nothing short of a clear urgent clarion call to everyone who professes to be a Christian, and more importantly to those in the Charismatic movement itself. This pertains to all Charismatics, Pentecostalists, New Age Reformatists or however else they may be labeled.
As stated previously, this post is simply to point you in the right direction to find the material to answer this claim. I pray that you earnestly and prayerfully take the time to carefully consider this vitally important message.
Strange Fire Book
First and foremost, I encourage you to read the Strange Fire book. I did it the other way around by watching the conference on Youtube and about a year later purchasing and reading the book.
Get the Strange Fire book here: Strange Fire Book.
Strange Fire Conference Video & Audio
View all the Strange Fire videos online or download the video or audio messages here: Strange Fire Conference.
Here is the official conference summary:
Strange Fire, part of Grace to You’s Truth Matters conference series, evaluates the doctrines, claims, and practices of the modern charismatic movement, and affirms the true Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The conference features pastor and Bible teacher John MacArthur, as well as teaching or presentations by:
Joni Eareckson Tada
The conference is also available in other languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
I can’t stress the importance of anyone involved in the broader charismatic movement or pentecostalism in general to take the time to study this vitally important issue. To get you started here is the opening session from Dr. John MacArthur.
As always, feel free to respond with questions or join the discussion by commenting below.