Strange Fire: National Radio program with Phil Johnson, Sam Storms and Myself

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The Strange Fire Conference continues to generate a lot of interest and discussion online. My main response can be found at Strange Fire - a charismatic response. Today, from 2pm to 4pm EST (7pm-9pm UK time) this will be the focus of  on Michael L Brown's nationally syndicated radio show, coincidentally called The Line of Fire.  The guest during the first hour of the show will be MacArthur's right hand man,  Phil_Johnson.  I should be overlapping with Phil around a quarter to 3pm EST and then … [Read more...]

Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur

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See also the following posts: Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur My review of the book Strange Fire: MacAthur accuses charismatics of being like Mormons John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference RT Kendall responds to MacArthur’s Strange FireChristians have a long history of disagreeing with each other over doctrine. There is nothing new about that. Sometimes that disagreement can get quite heated. So for example, in the time when Wesley a … [Read more...]

Strange Fire: John MacArthur claims no good has come out of the Charismatic Movement

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I've just listened to most of the first session of the Strange Fire Conference. My connection was spotty, so I missed some of it.I know that wisdom would probably dictate that I should wait, listen to it all, even read his book, then respond to it as a whole.But, my brothers have just been insulted. How can I not rise to their defence immediately?As I suspected there was no attempt to demonstrate from Scripture that the charismatic view of matters like prophecy was wrong.MacArthur did … [Read more...]

Why cessationists are wrong about prophecy

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Later today the Strange Fire conference hosted by John MacArthur begins. A few weeks back I expressed my concern about some of the publicity for this event seeming to accuse all charismatics of being blasphemers. This event also prompted Terry Virgo to share a video about how Lloyd-Jones encouraged him as a young charismatic.I will be watching at least some of the event online. But one thing I am not expecting to hear is a novel or convincing argument from Scripture. I just want to state … [Read more...]

To live is Christ, to die is gain

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I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service.I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy.He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo joins the conversation over MacArthur and the Charismatics

I recently highlighted John MacArthur's accusation that charismatics blaspheme the Holy Spirit.It seemed to me at the time that he was trying to throw back the clock to the angry divisions of the 1960s and beyond on this issue.Terry Virgo is one man who lived through that time as an emerging Evangelical leader, and today is still very much exercising a fruitful and significant ministry. I suspect Terry may be as saddened as I am to see some people from two traditions we love and have … [Read more...]

John MacArthur accuses half-a-billion Christians of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

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See also the following posts: Strange Fire - A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur My review of the book Strange Fire: MacAthur accuses charismatics of being like Mormons John Piper responds to John MacArthur's Strange Fire Conference RT Kendall responds to MacArthur's Strange FireToday one in four of the two billion people who identify themselves as Christians are Charismatics or Pentecostals (ref).  I want to be absolutely clear that I am very happy to identify myself as … [Read more...]

Does unbelief in a pastor’s children disqualify him?

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I was reading 1 Samuel 8:1-3 this morning where it speaks of Samuel's children not following his ways.Many modern pastors have experienced a similar problem when their children walk away from The Lord. Some over the years have been asked to resign as a result. The reason for this comes from Titus 1:6 and 1 Timothy 3:4. These two verses speak of the need for children of elders to not be rebellious, and in many english translations, that they be believers.Some have argued that no matter what … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? Terry Virgo on Romans 12

Above is an excellent sermon that Terry Virgo preached at Jubilee Church this past Sunday. Audio is also available to download. If you haven't already I would urge you to follow him on Twitter, and read his book Spirit-Filled Church.Here are a few bullet-point notes I took listening.Many think that if you become religious you take on many duties, but Christianity is not about what we must do but what Jesus has already done! In view of the mercies of God a response is called for, … [Read more...]

Q and A with Dr Kenneth Ulmer and Tope Koleoso on Prayer and the Pastor

I hosted a Q and A time with my own pastor Tope Koleoso and Dr Kenneth Ulmer during the 300 Leaders conference. … [Read more...]


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