The second part of John MacArthur’s interview with Challies has been released. You are encouraged to read it for yourself but here are the headlines, in which all except one are very sad for me to read:
- MacArthur refuses to agree that Baptism and Eschatology and the charismatic debate are secondary issues, but states that the charismatic issue is more significant.
- MacArthur denies that Muslims are being converted through dreams of Jesus. (See for example this).
- For the first time that I have noticed MacArthur does give SOME room to the idea that God may use certain cognitive purposes: “Now, can God providentially work in such a way as to use people’s thoughts and impressions to draw them to faith in Jesus Christ? Yes, I believe that’s possible. As I noted earlier, God can do whatever He wants. But that work is neither revelatory nor miraculous.”
- MacArthur refuses to join in any event that would involve him dialoguing with charismatic scholars.
- MacArthur again states that all charismatic teaching is serious error and doesn’t seem to make any distinction for the various shades of charismatic. See for example these quotes:
“Drawing attention to serious error—error that’s being tolerated even in some of the otherwise-healthiest of churches—in order to recover and uphold the truth is a loving thing to do.”
“Errant pneumatology is not ancillary to the charismatic movement. It is the very thing that defines it. And when an entire movement is defined by a heterodox theology that threatens the purity of the church by tolerating and even promoting false forms of the gospel, it must be boldly confronted.”
“I do believe that modern tongues is an unsafe spiritual practice”