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Charismatic Chaos Mass Market Paperback – July 10, 1993
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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 lives in Los Angeles.
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Unfortunately, there is far too much of this abuse going on in charismatic circles, and if charismatics themselves do not publicly acknowledge the current state of the movement, then it is left to anti-charismatics like John MacArthur to do it for them, and that means an awful lot of unfairness and bias along with it. The sad state of affairs is, though, that even when charismatic leaders do speak out on these things, they almost invariably (in my experience) tone the whole thing down as if it really is just a minor problem, or paint a picture of a charismatic movement of which just the fringe has gone overboard, and try and disassociate themselves, and the circles in which they move, from the problem.
The reality is that it is not just something on the fringes of charismatic movement: I am inclined to agree with John that what we are witnessing is indeed 'Charismatic Chaos'. It is hard to be a charismatic/Pentecostal in a day when being such is increasingly defined by whether you jump on the latest bandwagon, be it the 'endtimes revival' bandwagon, the 'Toronto blessing' bandwagon, or the 'apostles and prophets' bandwagon.
MacArthur does indeed cite abuses, but much of the time he is highlighting preachers and practices that are at the very heart of modern charismaticism. If charismatics continue to dodge the issue, people like John MacArthur will make themselves heard.
I found this book to be an excellent read. Being a former Pentecostal pastor, I found that I did not fully agree with Dr. MacArthur's positions on some teachings but I found myself agreeing that the Pentecostal/Charasmatic movement must return to the clear teachings of Scripture (1 Timothy 4:16; Titus 2:1). As a Pentecostal, I attended a non-Pentecostal Bible college that gave me a deep love for the Bible, a longing for more of Jesus in my life, but a devotion to clear Biblical interpretation and teachings.
This book will force you, if you are a Pentecostal, to wrestle with the Word of God and will challange you to understand, defend, and clearly teach what you believe.
Signs and Wonders Throughout Church History
Justin Martyr - (Year 100 AD - 165 AD)
In Dialogue with Trypho ( a learned Jew) Justin states "For the prophetical gifts remain with us, even to the present time. And hence you ought to understand [the gifts] formerly of your nation has been transferred to us"
Irenaeus (140 AD-203 AD)
"(they drive out devils, so those that have been cleansed from evil spirits do join themselves to the Church. Others have foreknowledge of things to come: they see visions and utter things to come"...."Yea, as I have said, the dead have even been raised up and remain with us for many years"
Tertullian (160/170 -215/220)
In his work To Scapula he is talking of events during his time and says tell of an exorcisms... then goes on to say
"How many men of rank (to say nothing of the common people) have been delivered from devils and healed of diseases!"
In City of God he wrote
"It is sometimes claimed that these miracles which Christians claim no longer happen" ....to refute such a claim he then goes on to list numerous miracles he knows of: a blind man receiving his sight, a blind women being healed, people freed of demons, people healed of gout, etc.
Even Luther, the father of the reformation discusses prophecy.Read more ›
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I love John MacArthur's body of work. Some of the greatest sermons and best Bible exposition I've ever heard have come from his pulpit. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fred W. Anson (aka "Mr. IT")
Classic textbook about 25 years old, but still as pertinent today as it was when written. Extremely readable.Published 5 months ago by Robert Patton
MacArthur tackles popular topics in the Charismatic Christian faith that are sure to spark interest, all while keeping a Biblical perspective of things. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Samuel E. Nunez
I tried to read this book in hope to understand a larger part of my Christian doctrine beliefs. But I am one poorly educated to read it without a dictionary and biblical training... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gregg Smith