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Steve Lawson on the Role of the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Comments (8)

Christians exalt God—we understand that. That means we should exalt each member of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The charismatic movement, however, tends to focus attention on the Holy Spirit to an inappropriate degree. In the following video, Steve Lawson explains why that is a problem.

The ministry of the Spirit is to primarily magnify the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is a mark of any true movement of the Holy Spirit. The Strange Fire conference will declare and defend a biblical view of the Holy Spirit. For more information about the conference, please visit

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#1  Posted by Joe Vanhoever  |  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Praise our Sovereign Lord for giving us his word. Through His word we may know what truth is. I will be praying that these mighty warriors of truth will be blessed, and moved to present the Biblical truth of such a topic.

#2  Posted by Don Mckimmy  |  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:36 PM

I understanding the Holy Spirit lives in a born again person to teach and give a Christian the ability to understand The Bible so they might live in obedience and service to Jesus Christ.

Yes it is to glorify the Son not the Holy Spirit or born again Saint and it is done here and now, not after we die.

#3  Posted by Kelvin Peterson  |  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. 3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying:

‘By those who come near Me

I must be regarded as holy;

And before all the people

I must be glorified.’”

So Aaron held his peace.

Wow!, this ought to be everyone's favorite verse. It sure has become mine.

Thanks for your commitment to God's Word.

#4  Posted by Ron Martien  |  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Many are being Baptized In The Hoy Spirit all around the world for more that 17-years I know of by 4 sq denomination... so speaking in tongues as it still exists is nurtured by so many in country And over seas... the Scripture continues to honor this spiritual group gty keeps ...saying is a mistake enough to understand what they mean... sure hope CDs of the Oct conference are made available to us out here who listed to Dr. MacArthure for all but 13 years now on KLR 97.5 fm here in central Oregon. Well better get over to the radio archives and listen to todays teaching.

#7  Posted by Mr Landry  |  Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Wow. All I can say is thank you Jesus for such a simple yet incredibly important message of focus. I think such a simple yet powerful shift of focus is what many Christians need today. People like to complicate things of faith particularly concerning the Holy Spirit, and the spiritual gifts.

#9  Posted by Tracey Gentry  |  Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Any thoughts from anyone on the come back that Jimmy Swaggart has been making over the past few years. He's even back on T.V. teaching "The Cross". Apparently the Lord revealed this to him in 1997 and according to him, "The Church" doesn't get it today. I'm not being sarcastic i would appreciate any input. Because I just can't believe the guy is caught on two separate occasions with prostitutes, one time while he is actually doing a evangelical outreach in California, and people are flocking to him. Is he word of faith, in the same camp as these other T.V. "Preachers" or something else. I really don't get it.

#11  Posted by David Smith  |  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Tracey (#9), I believe that Jimmy Swaggart has preached against Word of Faith doctrines. My impression, having caught a bit of his TV, is that he's not in the same category as the major-league heretics. You could even say that he's relatively sound, relative to a very low standard! (That's not an endorsement as I'm sure there are plenty of things about him that I would disagree with). However, I would question whether he's beyond reproach due to the sins that you mentioned. The Assemblies of God certainly took that view and revoked his credentials. For that reason alone, I would avoid him.

#12  Posted by David Smith  |  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Ron (#4), I'm completely sure what you are saying, but let me suggest something. With respect, someone may have an experience that they believe, or are told, is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. But that doesn't mean that it is. There is a huge theological question over this subject, and many theologians (including charismatic ones) would say that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit happens when you become a Christian.

Similarly, people may speak in tongues, but are they doing what is described in the Bible by the power of the Holy Spirit? My view is that they are not - it is all psychological, a product of their mind, encouraged by peer pressure and cultural conditioning.

In many religions, people have spiritual experiences and do strange things. I'm sorry, but these things are meangingless. If we believed that doctrine can be proven from experience, we'd end up validating all sorts of non-Christian beliefs.

Likewise, testing the fruit of pentecostalism indicates that the experiences are false. How come pentecostals and charismatics, supposedly "spirit filled" christians, have been responsible for huge amounts of false teaching? The Holy Spirit leads us into truth, not deception. And speaking in tongues is invariably practiced in a non-Biblical way - people speaking (often all at once) without interpretation.