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Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship Hardcover – November 12, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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This book has opened my eyes to things that I have always had questions about.
Daniel Dent
Given that most of them come from poor countries, that would seem the more reasonable — and less uncharitable — assumption.
George P. Wood
John MacArthur's Strange Fire is a very necessary examination of the Charismatic Movement.
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167 of 184 people found the following review helpful By GT on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Saved in my teens, I relocated to Tulsa, OK, and was a regular at Rhema church (Kenneth Hagin), camp meetings, and many other Word Faith churches in Tulsa. I sat under almost all the preachers/prophets/teachers that are mentioned in this book. Spoke in tongues, but was it supernatural? Or just taught by men? I went up for altar calls to be "slain in the spirit", but felt spiritually inferior when I didn't fall (refusing to fake it or give in to a false spirit). I named-it and claimed-it, "believed" for healing, "spoke it forth", and stood in "my authority as a believer", just as I had been taught. I wanted "all" that God had, thinking "all" was found in the WF teaching. No one could argue I was a dedicated WF adherent, feeling sorry for all the other churches that didn't have the "fullness of the Spirit." I read the bible, but not really. I read it wanting it to say what I wanted it to say to fit what I wanted to believe.
But after 25 years, God did something amazing. I bought a journal and started simply transcribing the bible. Writing it out - copying it word for word. (Deut.17:18-19) Book after book. After 2 years of this, I began to question what I had been taught in the WF movement. Something wasn't right. It's not what I was learning about God in the Bible. The culmination of what I was reading didn't fit the WF theology. I began to realize how much of what they taught was out of context and distortions of the true intent of a verse. Studying God's word became my obsession. I was so humbled that He was teaching me! I continued the daily discipline of transcribing the bible, learning and memorizing more scripture. It was a joy - the best part of my day - it consumed me.
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Format: Hardcover
In 2014, the Assemblies of God completes its 100th year of ministry. From humble beginnings in Hot Springs, Ark., our Fellowship has grown to encompass over 66 million believers in 252 countries, territories, and provinces. Faithful saints have planted and watered gospel seeds during these years, but God has made them grow (1 Corinthians 3:6).

The AG is part of the Charismatic Movement, which now numbers over 500 million persons worldwide.1 That movement has shifted the center of Christianity from the global North to the global South, from the developed world to the majority world. Arguably, its growth makes it one of the greatest revivals in the history of Christianity, as well as one of the most significant people movements of the modern era. And for that, praise God!

John MacArthur offers a very different — and almost entirely negative — assessment of the Charismatic Movement in his new book, Strange Fire:

Charismatics now number more than half a billion worldwide. Yet the gospel that is driving those surging numbers is not the true gospel, and the spirit behind them is not the Holy Spirit. What we are seeing is in reality the explosive growth of a false church, as dangerous as any cult or heresy that has ever assaulted Christianity. The Charismatic Movement was a farce and a scam from the outset; it has not changed into something good.

He concedes that there are “sincere people” within the movement who “understand the necessary truths of the gospel” despite its “systemic corruption and confusion.” Nevertheless, he contends that continued exposure to “the false teaching and counterfeit spirituality of the Charismatic Movement” places them and others in “eternal jeopardy.
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77 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Bob Allen on November 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Strange Fire" will be controversial as Dr. MacArthur takes a very confrontational stance on the charismatic movement. MacArthur is a strident cessationist, believing that the spiritual gifts commonly referred to as "sign gifts" (healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues) and the office of Apostle ceased to exist at the end of the Apostolic Age (roughly the end of the first century AD). He also issues a stern warning about the so-called "Prosperity Gospel" — the belief that those who are truly saved and who have enough faith will experience financial prosperity and physical health He calls out prominent charismatics and accuses them of fraudulent teaching about and use of these spiritual gifts and their teaching on "blessings" (the prosperity gospel), going so far as to say that they are completely unbiblical. A few times, he references a Pew study that concluded that in some countries, 90% of all Pentecostals believe the same as these prominent figures.

MacArthur paints with a very broad brush, splattering paint everywhere. He challenges the teaching of several non-pentecostal evangelicals and calls them to move to a cessationist position on these spiritual gifts.

He concludes the book with an Appendix tracing cessationist thought from the 4th century forward.

Best Chapters: In Chapters 3 and 4, MacArthur uses 1 John 4:1-8 to give a biblical method of testing the validity of any claim to the working of God's Spirit. This is excellent exegesis which builds on an exposition of Jonathan Edwards as he evaluated the Great Awakening of the 18th century. The appropriate questions to ask are:
1. Does the work exalt the true Christ?
2. Does it oppose worldliness?
3. Does it point people to the Scriptures?
4.
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