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Why Confront the Charismatic Movement?
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Like the sons of Aaron, many in the church today have put themselves in the path of God’s judgment and wrath through careless, unbiblical worship. In particular, the Person and work of the Holy Spirit is the subject of many deceptive lies, distorted ideas, and damning errors. And the evangelical church has been silent or indifferent on these matters for far too long.

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What Does It Mean to Be "Led by the Spirit"?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In preparation for the Strange Fire conference in October, we will post a new Strange Fire media blog every week. You can always catch up with the latest audio and video clips at the conference media site.

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Would You Invite a Charismatic to Strange Fire?
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Registration for the Strange Fire conference is filling up fast, and we wanted to remind you that the early-bird pricing window closes at the end of the month. There are only a few hundred seats remaining and we don’t want you or your friends and family to miss this great opportunity.

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The Reformers and the Charismatic Movement
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The highlight of the Strange Fire conference is going to be the opportunity to hear from several different godly preachers who come from a variety of settings, all united by their love of the Lord and their conviction to faithfully teach His truth.

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Why Confront False Teachers?
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The issue of false teaching and the question of how to address it is a present reality for every believer. Many Christians choose to respond with silence rather than incur the wrath of a world that demands tolerance. But is silence the best reaction to doctrinal error?

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The Dangers of Demoting Scripture
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How dangerous would it be to leave the spiritual operations of Christ’s church to the opinions, feelings, and personal preferences of its leaders? Can you imagine the uncertainty and instability of not having an ultimate standard of authority on all matters of faith and practice?

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John MacArthur's Encouragement to Faithful Pentecostals
Monday, May 20, 2013

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.

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The Fatal Flaw of the Charismatic Movement
Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Strange Fire conference represents a thorough, biblical response to the errors and excesses of the charismatic movement. It will be comprehensive both in its scope of content and breadth of teaching. On that note today we wanted to let you hear from another of our keynote speakers...

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Can Believers Bind Satan?
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

There is pervasive confusion among many modern evangelical churches—especially those that are charismatic—regarding Satan’s activities and operations.

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What Do Cessationists Have in Common with the Reformers?
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Dr. Steve Lawson is a dedicated student of the Reformation and the great Christian men behind it. His understanding of modern church trends is heavily informed by his knowledge of the theological wars that have been waged throughout church history. And the crucial battles fought by the Reformers in the fifteen hundreds provide valuable lessons in assessing the twenty-first-century church landscape.

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Not Laughing Now
Monday, June 10, 2013

Rodney Howard-Browne, self-styled “Holy Ghost Bartender,” has taken notice of the Strange Fire conference sponsored by Grace to You (October 16-18, 2013). He seems unnerved by the prospect that twenty-first-century charismatic phenomena are going to be examined in light of Scripture. Howard-Browne’s trademark giddiness has gone missing. Recently, he wrote this stream-of-consciousness rant on his Facebook page:

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The Montanists and the Nature of Special Revelation
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The charismatic movement is a recent development in the history of the church, but its distinguishing belief is not. The idea of modern prophets who receive special revelation from God is nothing new.

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Providing Cover to Charismatics
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today there is widespread hesitancy among many evangelical leaders to criticize the claims of charismatic theology. While many of these leaders are not charismatics themselves, they are open and sympathetic to the supernatural claims prevalent in the movement.

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Is Spirit Baptism a One-Time Event?
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

At the heart of the controversy over charismatic theology and practice is a simple question: What is the nature and purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Is Spirit baptism an internal, one-time event that occurs at the moment of salvation, or is it a subsequent event that’s manifest through ecstatic expressions of tongues, signs, and special revelation?

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Who Were the Zwickau Prophets?
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Most Christians have heard of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers. But there is good reason why you have probably never heard of their contemporaries, the Zwickau prophets. In the following two videos, R.C. Sproul and Steve Lawson explain who they were and why they left no lasting legacy...

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John MacArthur’s Primary Concern About the Charismatic Movement
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The charismatic movement claims that it is the movement of the Holy Spirit, but there’s a serious problem with that assertion according to John MacArthur. In the following video, John explains what that problem is and how to address it...

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What Does It Really Mean to Worship God in Spirit and Truth?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
That frequently quoted verse has become a popular proof text for charismatic doctrine. In fact, a recent article in Charisma magazine used it as biblical support for speaking in tongues as a form of “spirit-to-Spirit communication with God.”...

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How Do You Identify False Teachers?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Identifying and confronting false teachers is extremely unpopular today. But Scripture calls Christians to discern truth from error...

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Why Is the Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa?
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Many explanations have been given for the explosion of the Charismatic movement in Africa. Many have seen this as a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. Whereas there is probably more than one reason, I want to add my own observation to this for what it is worth. In this blog post, I do not refer to the old conservative form of Pentecostalism once represented by the Assemblies of God churches. I have in mind the current extreme form that is mushrooming literally under every shrub and tree in Africa. How can one explain this phenomenon?

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A Mess in the Maternity Ward?
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Popular theologian and apologist Dr. Michael Brown has written two articles for Charismanews critical of John MacArthur and the upcoming Strange Fire conference...

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Steve Lawson on the Role of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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...

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What Is the True Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today?
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Pentecostalism is a charismatic movement that derives its name from the day of Pentecost described in Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the members of the early church. That passage remains a centerpiece of Pentecostal teaching to this day. It is ironic that such a “movement of the Holy Spirit” has always paid little or no attention to Jesus’ clear description of the Spirit’s true ministry in His church...

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John MacArthur on What It Means to Do Greater Works Than Jesus
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Many charismatic teachers look to John 14:12 to validate their teaching. They see it as a proof text for the notion that present-day believers can perform miraculous signs and wonders—even more spectacular than Jesus Himself...

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John MacArthur on Blessings, Truth, and Charismatic Error
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

“Thou shalt not criticize” has effectively become the eleventh commandment of the modern church. Sadly, the allegiance of many charismatic leaders to that mindset has created a climate where false teaching thrives...

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John MacArthur on Identifying Your Spiritual Gift
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Recognizing and exercising spiritual gifts is a confusing and difficult issue for many believers. At one end of the spectrum are Christians who may attend a church for many years without ever recognizing any spiritual gift. That causes passivity in the church and can lead to a disabled body of believers—one with severed limbs and missing organs (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:14–25; Ephesians 4:11–13).

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John MacArthur on Modern Prophets
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Does the office of prophet still exist today? To the hordes of modern, self-appointed spokesmen for God, the answer to that question is a no-brainer. The office of prophet is alive and well in many charismatic churches today—it comes with a detailed job description and is taken with the utmost seriousness.

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John MacArthur on the Deafening Silence of Evangelicals
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

There is a widespread reluctance in the evangelical community to offer strong, biblical critique in response to theological error. And the glut of unrestrained charismatic teaching serves as a glaring example of that...

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R.C. Sproul on the True Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Having a lot to say is not the same thing as being an expert. The charismatic movement would have all Christians believe that they—the charismatics—are the experts on the Holy Spirit. But is volume the true measure of expertise?

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John MacArthur on Signs and Wonders
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In the following audio clip, John MacArthur explains the significance of the signs and wonders of Jesus and the apostles.

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Steve Lawson on the Fundamental Flaw of the Charismatic Movement
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The charismatic movement is hard to define. It represents a vast, diverse array of teaching and practice. On the charismatic spectrum, you’ll find extravagant prosperity teachers, ecstatic speaking in tongues, strange “spiritual” manifestations, as well as legitimate ministries where the gospel is faithfully preached. However, regardless of where charismatic groups might land on that spectrum, they are all tainted with the same dangerous defect.

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R.C. Sproul on the Cessationist Convictions of the Reformers
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The sufficiency of Scripture is a hill Christians need to be prepared to die on. Embracing additional revelation portrays the Bible as insufficient, dilutes biblical authority, and often supplants Scripture altogether...

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Tongue Tied, Part 1
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the preface of the Chinese edition of Charismatic Chaos. It explains the origins and early history of the charismatic movement. With the Strange Fire conference rapidly approaching, we believe it is appropriate to share this material with you.

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Tongue Tied, Part 2
Thursday, October 10, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the preface of the Chinese edition of Charismatic Chaos. It explains the origins and early history of the charismatic movement. With the Strange Fire conference rapidly approaching, we believe it is appropriate to share this material with you.

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Should Type-R Charismatics Get a Free Pass?
Monday, October 14, 2013

The following blog post was first published by Phil Johnson in November of 2007. Phil is one of the featured speakers at Strange Fire, and we wanted to share this article with you in advance of his teaching later this week.

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John MacArthur on the True Legacy of the Charismatic Movement
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Strange Fire starts tomorrow. Throughout the last several months building up to the conference, we’ve heard critics saying that we don’t understand the true nature of the charismatic movement—that we’ve chosen too broad a brush to paint with. Defenders are quick to point out that any negative elements only represent the outer edges of an otherwise healthy Christian movement.

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Strange Fire Recap: Day One
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Catch up on Strange Fire with some quick snapshots from Day One.

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Strange Fire Recap: Day Two
Friday, October 18, 2013

Here's a quick look at the sessions from Day Two of Strange Fire.

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Strange Fire Recap: Day Three
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Here are some short glimpses from the final day of Strange Fire.

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Strange Fire: What Now?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Good news! The audio and video from the Strange Fire conference is coming soon. You can help Grace to You share this powerful teaching with as many people as possible by directing them to gty.org. And whether you saw it as a conference attendee or you’re planning to catch up online, we know you’ll be encouraged, exhorted, and enriched by these resources.

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John MacArthur on Making an Informed Response to Strange Fire
Friday, October 25, 2013

Below are some helpful thoughts from John MacArthur on the aftermath of Strange Fire and how best to respond to the teaching from the conference.

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The Broad Brush
Monday, October 28, 2013

Without question, the most common complaint I hear from my charismatic friends about the Strange Fire conference is, “You always paint with a broad brush!” I hate being pedantic, but I can’t resist pointing out that such a criticism itself is a fairly sweeping overstatement.

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John MacArthur's Interview at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Earlier this week, John MacArthur was a guest speaker at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his visit, he was interviewed by Dr. Jason Allen. Their brief discussion primarily focused on the charismatic movement, Reformed continuationists, and the recent Strange Fire conference. And since these are John’s first public comments about Strange Fire since the conference, we thought you’d be interested and encouraged to read what he had to say. What follows is a transcript of their discussion. –GTY Staff

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John MacArthur Answers His Critics, Part 1
Monday, November 04, 2013

Earlier today, part one of a new interview with John MacArthur was posted at Tim Challies’s website. In the interview, John responds to several questions regarding the Strange Fire conference and Strange Fire book—all of which came directly from readers of Challies’s blog.

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Four Points About Tongues from 1 Corinthians 14
Monday, November 11, 2013

A goodly portion of Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians is focused on correcting that congregation’s abuse of spiritual gifts—tongues in particular. The whole theme of the apostle’s admonition about how the gifts were to function is neatly summarized in 1 Corinthians 14:40: “All things should be done decently and in order.” Along the way, it’s hard to miss the stress the apostle places on that which edifies. The point Paul makes repeatedly is that the gifts should always be used in a way that enlightens and instructs the mind. “I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue” (v. 19).

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John MacArthur Answers His Critics, Part 2
Monday, November 11, 2013

Today, part two of John MacArthur’s interview on the criticism of Strange Fire was posted at Tim Challies’s website. In the interview, John responds to more questions regarding the recent conference and the Strange Fire book—all of which came directly from readers of Challies’s blog.

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The Apostles Who Don't Do Anything
Monday, November 18, 2013

What should we think of self-styled apostles who meet none of the biblical standards for apostleship? They make much of the gift of prophecy but lack the prophetic ability to identify charlatans and phonies in their own midst. They can’t perform apostolic-quality miracles and healings, and their message sounds nothing like what the original apostles preached. The truth is that they don’t do anything that would qualify as “apostolic” by any biblical standard.

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False Apostles and the Case of Todd Bentley
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The self-professing modern apostles of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) would have you believe they have the most direct line of communication with God. But their faulty track record—even on matters of simple biblical discernment—gives you good reason to wonder if they’re perpetually dialing the wrong number.

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Discernment and Disaster
Thursday, November 21, 2013

On June 23, 2008, C. Peter Wagner and sixteen other high-profile charismatics—including many of the big guns of the modern apostolic movement—gathered in Lakeland, Florida, to affirm the Lord’s blessing on the ministry of Todd Bentley, and to commission him as a fellow apostle. Just days later, the wheels would begin to fall off Bentley’s ministry, and the ensuing scandal would expose both his unrepentant immorality and a shocking lack of discernment on the part of several key charismatic leaders.

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Marks of a True Apostle: Chosen by God
Monday, November 25, 2013

Have you ever met an apostle? Considering the vast number of people today who have laid claim to the highest of biblical offices, it’s entirely possible you have at some point. Some people have even tried to label me an apostle for this generation.

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Marks of a True Apostle: Appointed by Jesus
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Lots of people today claim to be apostles—to wield the same authority and power as the leaders of the New Testament church. To properly evaluate those claims, we’re looking at the biblical requirements for apostleship and measuring the credentials of these modern apostles against those of the men the Lord used to found and establish His church.

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Marks of a True Apostle: Witness of the Risen Christ
Monday, December 09, 2013

Titles have meaning. They communicate authority and position, and they depend on the proper credentials. A person can’t simply call himself an army sergeant, a ship’s captain, or a medical doctor just because he likes the sound of the title. And he certainly can’t assume any legitimate authority by self-applying those titles. That is a sure path to confusion, chaos, and disaster.

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Marks of a True Apostle: Unique Ministry Duties
Monday, December 16, 2013

Depending on whom you believe, there are perhaps thousands or even tens of thousands of apostles living and serving in the church today. Never mind that these modern apostles bear little resemblance to the men we read about in the New Testament. In fact, their teaching and their ministries are often radical departures from the apostolic work we see in Scripture.

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Marks of a True Apostle: Foundation of the Church
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The New Apostolic Reformation—led by Peter Wagner and other modern apostles—contends that we’re living in the second apostolic age of the church, in which they exert the same authority over the church as the New Testament apostles. But as we’ve seen over the last few weeks, these modern apostles aren’t even a shadow of their biblical forebears. In any examination of the biblical marks of a true apostle, these modern apostles routinely fall short.

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Strange Fire Redux, Part 1
Monday, October 13, 2014

Southern California has always been a hub of Pentecostal influence. Although the first experiments with modern tongues-speaking took place in rural Kansas in 1901, Pentecostalism became an actual movement with the Azusa Street Revival of 1906, in a dilapidated section of downtown Los Angeles.

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Strange Fire Redux, Part 2
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Looking back over the history of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements, it is significant to note that Pentecostalism’s distinctive teachings have always been outside the historic mainstream of Protestant and Reformed conviction. All the Reformers and their heirs were cessationists. They believed and taught emphatically that God is intimately involved and providentially in control of every detail of everything that happens in the universe. They also held the firm conviction that apostolic sign-gifts ceased when the apostolic era passed. They saw no conflict between those two articles of faith. Nor did any cessationist imagine a conflict there until three pernicious trends began to turn the tide of twentieth-century evangelicalism.

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Strange Fire Redux, Part 3
Friday, October 17, 2014

A final point to consider, specifically with reference to modern prophecy, is that by eliminating the simple biblical standard by which false prophets may be identified, modern charismatics have opened the door for chaos and doctrinal confusion in the church. Fake healings and false tongues are bad enough, but when someone claims to have private revelation from God, the sufficiency and singularity of Scripture is instantly clouded, and the authority of Scripture is undermined. It is a terribly dangerous breach of a fundamental principle of evangelical Protestant and biblical conviction.

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