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John MacArthur's Encouragement to Faithful Pentecostals

Monday, May 20, 2013 | Comments (11)

The Strange Fire conference will boldly and thoroughly deal with prosperity preachers, faith healers, and many of the other familiar charismatic aberrations and blasphemies of the Holy Spirit.

At the same time, John MacArthur knows there are those in charismatic and Pentecostal churches who love Christ, serve His people, and—like John—are disturbed by the sinful excesses they see dominating the charismatic movement. In the following video, John has a heartfelt message for those folks.

We look forward to joining with you in our common love for the Lord and His truth, as we both expose those who would abuse and blaspheme the Holy Spirit, and set forth a right understanding of the Spirit. For more information on Strange Fire, visit our conference website.


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#1  Posted by Gary Lee Fennimore  |  Monday, May 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Thank you Pastor John

There are so many true Christians bound up or deceived in various denominations or ministries that need to see through their doctrinal fog that has entrapped or deceived them. I know I was a part of a once sound doctrinal denomination that I have left many years ago that became liberalized. I hope that the many charismatic Christians can see through their doctrinal fog that are following traditional mandates and not the Word of GOD. They need our compassion and the pursuit of knowing and living GOD's Scriptures. That is so true of nearly ALL the denominations even the Catholics in which some have escaped, Martin Luther being one such brave individual. No denomination in todays world is exempt from heresy and apostasy. The only denomination that is absolutely safe is the WORD of GOD alone that is sufficient for all matters pertaining to our lives.

Thank You Pastor John for remaining true to that denomination

Gary Fennimore

#2  Posted by Brad Kennedy  |  Monday, May 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

One of the most loving appeals for unity I have witnessed in a long time. Praise the LORD Pastor John MacArthur!

#3  Posted by Mae Ella Jones  |  Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Thank you for standing on the truth, yet, offering a hand to those who are compromising. This is a good word not only for that movement but for all of us who have not made a verbal commitment to the truth.

I am praying for more boldness and for opened eyes. I will also be praying for the conference and all those who will be attending, for strength and protection from the enemy

#4  Posted by Omar Zambrano  |  Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

You truly are a blessing. My wife and I used to be members of a charismatic Hispanic church here in Florida. By the grace of God, one of our friends recommended your website and sermons and our life has never been the same since. It is very sad and frustrating to see the Hispanic community embrace false doctrine and offer "strange fire" to our most wonderful God. I am very grateful for your loving approach towards the movement and the biblical means by which you exhort and rebuke us all to draw closer to the Lord. I pray that God continues to use you as you sound the trumpet of truth warning of God's judgement on the church's disobedience to his everlasting Word.

#5  Posted by Dean Foley  |  Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Dear Pastor,

Thank you for addressing this vital issue. I'm sad I will not be able to attend but hope very much that we can share the blessing through video and audio postings on your website.

I have some loving brethren who have been lead astray by false teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit, I will surely share any resource you make available with them.

May God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit be honoured and praised.

Much love in Christ,


(From London, England)

#7  Posted by Jeremy Li  |  Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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#8  Posted by Jeremy Li  |  Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Dear Pastor John,

Thank you for organising this conference and for sharing about a very important issue in the Christian church today. More importantly, I wish to thank you for your devotion to spreading gospel truth and for pointing us continually towards Christ.

Though I spent most of my life in the UK where I came to Christ and where I attended a Baptist church, I did attend an English-speaking Pentecostal church in Hong Kong for 9 months. I did not grow much there and I was very confused when I started witnessing a lot of reported miracles and tongue-speaking. I have since read your book "Charismatic Chaos" as well as having listened to your sermons on this subject. I thank you for feeding me teaching about the heretic and unbiblical nature of the charismatic movement. Charismania as well as prosperity gospel is a big problem in the Far East (e.g. Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore who is now being investigated for church funds misappropriation). Many non-believers and new believers in Hong Kong (and in other countries) tend to experience Christ through charismatic and/or prosperity gospel movements (e.g. Hillsong, the Alpha course etc.) and so they often have a confused idea of what is truth and what is heresy. There is such a colossal danger in giving in to sensuality and emotionalism rather than give weight to biblical teaching and spiritual discernment and skepticism.

I am very much looking forward to watching the conference videos and would encourage faithful non-charismatics to share this with their charismatic friends. The greatest mission field today for Christians is the "church" itself.

Thank you again Pastor John for your love of God and for being a steadfast instrument in opening God's word to the chosen elect.

God bless you.


#9  Posted by George Sampong  |  Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Honestly my concerns are almost inexpressible. Arrogant Pastors from the movement. Spurious Theology and Christology. Everything about the movement knocks a blow at Apostolic orthodoxy. It is a highly questionable movement. If you are really concerned about your salvation then you must totally avoid and denounce the Charismatic movement!!! Thank God for great and wonderful sources like Grace to You. God bless the stuff and John MacArthur for this blessed ministry. Thank God for this conference and i hope some of the deceived would take the opportunity to attend this conference and get right with sound doctrine...

#11  Posted by Rexx Morrison  |  Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I so appreciate John MacArthur's plea to the honest God fearing pastors and members of the Pentecostal movement. There are many who truly fear God and serve with love Jesus and the Church.

There are also many like myself at one time who turned away from the works based religion that the Pentecostal movement is and yes it is works based. When you have to have enough faith for God to move, when you have to live a life without sin for God to heal, if you do this or give this, when people think that God will not act unless they do something, then it is all works based. Rarely have I ever heard about God's sovereignty in the Pentecostal movement. It was almost always about having enough of your faith to make God act. If God didn't move during a service then someone didn't have enough faith or had sin in their life.

We know that salvation is based on works. Yes works. Did I just contradict myself? No, salvation is based on the works of Jesus Christ. Everything that God has done He has done by His own strength and power. We are only to believe and have faith with the faith given to us by God. Nothing we do can save us. Let me make it clear as it I can make it. Only the works of Jesus Christ on the cross and the fact that God raised Him from the dead saves me. Romans 10:9-10

There are many in the Pentecostal movement who believe that they are just not quite good enough for God to heal, move or change their lives. They hear and think they see other people who make God act so they think they lack faith and are a failure. They are told over and over again they lack faith and understanding, that there is sin in their life, they haven't given enough or do enough to get God to act. They fail to understand God's Grace and God's Word. I pray that God opens peoples eyes to truth of His word.

#12  Posted by John Muriango  |  Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Glory be to God, how I pray that my fellow charismatic brothers will delve into the word and see that being against their teachings is not being hateful to them but instead they see it as being loving and caring to them as MacArthur has shared. May all the glory and honor be to God.

#13  Posted by Sean Mcintyre  |  Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Thank you Pastor, I really appreciate you comments which could not have come at a better time. I was a little discouraged when you first started talking about this subject because you seemed to be putting all pentecostals and charismatics into the same category.

I am a pentecostal missionary/pastor in East Africa and I have been standing against the relentless attack of prosperity preaching that has threatened to engulf the church here. I have paid a price for my views and I am isolated and shunned. I have been blessed by your teaching over the years and greatly appreciate the contribution of those in the reformed tradition.

Of course we will differ on many points but I am glad of your clarification on this as I was saddened after I have suffered to fight this deception, that i was to be included in their condemnation.

Timely and appreciated, God Bless You

Pastor, I have a suggestion. These people broadcast by satellite and and no one is providing an alternative. The people think that these programmes represent the majority view in America because it is all they see. They see the money and the success and because it is from the west, they believe that this represents the orthodox view. I can barely persuade my own congregation that it is a lie. Please, get people of integrity in the U.S.A. to put money into providing an alternative to TBN and the like so that developing nations can realise that there are other views in America and to expose them to alternative forms of teaching.