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Strange Fire Conference: John MacArthur’s Insufferable Hypocrisy

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on February 24, 2016

ppt-jpeg4Originally published October 16, 2013.  See addendum below.

John MacArthur may go down in church history as one of the most confused pastors ever to step into a pulpit. His steroidal cognitive dissonance constantly results in insufferable hypocrisy.

For certain I thought he could not outdo himself in this regard, but he has. After writing Charismatic Chaos in 1992, he partnered with Charismatic CJ Mahaney for eight years in the Resolved conferences sponsored by his church, Grace Community in Sun Valley, California. One year after the last Resolved conference, MacArthur is hosting the 2013 Strange Fire conference that is fustigating Charismatic doctrine in no uncertain terms. The hypocrisy of it all is staggering.

MacArthur also seems to have a problem with the mysticism promoted by Charismatic theology, but yet is a close confidant of John Piper who not only has Charismatic leanings himself, but led the 2012 Passion conference in the mystic practice of Lectio Divina.

Furthermore, Geneva style Calvinists (also at the conference: Sproul, Lawson, Phil Johnson, et al) criticizing Charismatics is beyond the kettle calling the pot black. Calvin and Luther both attributed their theology to Neo-Platonist St. Augustine. The practical outcome is sanctification by faith alone through gospel contemplationism resulting in realm experience/manifestation. MacArthur himself now claims that he only explains the word of God and the Holy Spirit applies it resulting in his followers obeying God without realizing it (http://wp.me/pmd7S-1In).

Moreover, Calvinism is based on Hindu-like sanctification that posits perpetual mortification followed by vivification. As we dwell on our sin only, we are brought to despair (mortification) leading to the joy of our original rebirth (vivification).  Calvinists Paul Washer and Michael Horton have both referred to this as continually “reliving our baptism.”

In MacArthur’s keynote address at this year’s Strange Fire conference, he also criticized Charismatics for their misrepresentation and overemphasis on the Holy Spirit leading to the dishonoring of the other two Trinity members. But likewise, Calvinists do the same thing with their Christocentric approach to the Scriptures. In the forward to Rick Holland’s book, Uneclipsing The Son (an in-your-face Gnostic treatise), MacArthur stated that ANY emphasis on ANYONE or ANYTHING other than Christ hinders the sanctification of God’s people.

All in all, Charismatics are barely any different than Calvinists. They both partake in epistemology that sees the horizontal as purely subjective and the vertical as purely objective. The goal is to experience the spirit realm horizontally through mysticism. For the Calvinist it is gospel contemplationism. For the Charismatic it is speaking in tongues.

What’s the difference?

paul

Addendum:  John MacArthur is one of the scheduled speakers at the 2016 T4G conference in Louisville, KY.  He will be sharing the stage with John Piper, CJ Mahaney, and other influential reformed leaders.

MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference: Sigh; Ok, Let’s Go Over This One More Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 19, 2013

ppt-jpeg4I have written two other articles on this year’s Strange Fire Conference hosted by the confused, possibly heretical John MacArthur. MacArthur and the shameless hacks he invited are staunch Calvinists. I have tried to state as simply as possible that Calvin et al taught a false gospel. Why? Because the essence of the false Reformed gospel is that you must live by faith alone in sanctification to keep your justification. It’s salvation by Christ plus antinomianism. And by the way, Antinomianism will be the one world religion of the last days headed by the “man of anomia.”

This is nothing new. James confronted the same thing in his letter to the Jewish church before the Gentiles were officially noted as equals in God’s kingdom. But yet, doctrine is not the crux of the issue here. The cessation of particular gifts issue is not the crux. And behavior is not the crux. Calvin did not go to the Bible and discover that he agreed with Augustine without presuppositions. Neither did Luther. Both approached the Bible with a Platonist worldview.

They simply made Christ the culmination of the true forms, and EVERYTHING else shadows of the true form, including the other two members of the Trinity. Hence, Christ must be seen in every reality of life, and all of life must be interpreted through Christ.

Granted, the way the Reformers dressed it all up in biblical garb is pure genius. Plato’s objective true forms descending into progressive subjectivity is now “the centrality of the objective gospel outside of us,” and “the subjective power of an objective gospel.” Google those terms at your own leisure. It is also comprised of the Platonist idea that matter is evil and spirit is good, so grace cannot be “infused.” This philosophy is the basis of total depravity. And by the way, if you know what to look for, these guys are not even ambiguous about it.

So let me state it again: MacArthur’s problem with the Charismatic movement is that it puts value on life in the here and now. Everything else is just window dressing. He tolerated CJ Mahaney for a time because Mahaney shares his disdain for human existence, MacArthur’s general confusion between his former grammatical interpretation of reality and his present Christocentric interpretation of reality notwithstanding.

This is why these guys brazenly brag about their endearment to the Puritans who despised those who “live in the shadows” of this forsaken world. This is why they boast of their endearment to those who hung Quakers and drowned women; they relate to the same Platonist disdain for putting stock in the ability of man to improve the conditions of this fallen world.

And like the Quakers, Charismatics believe in “infused grace.” MacArthur cannot have them hung, not yet anyway (perhaps his grandchildren will have the Puritan privilege), but the Strange Fire conference is the next best thing.

paul

Strange Fire Conference: John MacArthur’s Insufferable Hypocrisy

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 16, 2013

ppt-jpeg4John MacArthur may go down in church history as one of the most confused pastors ever to step into a pulpit. His steroidal cognitive dissonance constantly results in insufferable hypocrisy.

For certain I thought he could not outdo himself in this regard, but he has. After writing Charismatic Chaos in 1992, he partnered with Charismatic CJ Mahaney for eight years in the Resolved conferences sponsored by his church, Grace Community in Sun Valley, California. One year after the last Resolved conference, MacArthur is hosting the 2013 Strange Fire conference that is fustigating Charismatic doctrine in no uncertain terms. The hypocrisy of it all is staggering.

MacArthur also seems to have a problem with the mysticism promoted by Charismatic theology, but yet is a close confidant of John Piper who not only has Charismatic leanings himself, but led the 2012 Passion conference in the mystic practice of Lectio Divina.

Furthermore, Geneva style Calvinists (also at the conference: Sproul, Lawson, Phil Johnson, et al) criticizing Charismatics is beyond the kettle calling the pot black. Calvin and Luther both attributed their theology to Neo-Platonist St. Augustine. The practical outcome is sanctification by faith alone through gospel contemplationism resulting in realm experience/manifestation. MacArthur himself now claims that he only explains the word of God and the Holy Spirit applies it resulting in his followers obeying God without realizing it (http://wp.me/pmd7S-1In).

Moreover, Calvinism is based on Hindu-like sanctification that posits perpetual mortification followed by vivification. As we dwell on our sin only, we are brought to despair (mortification) leading to the joy of our original rebirth (vivification).  Calvinists Paul Washer and Michael Horton have both referred to this as continually “reliving our baptism.”

In MacArthur’s keynote address at this year’s Strange Fire conference, he also criticized Charismatics for their misrepresentation and overemphasis on the Holy Spirit leading to the dishonoring of the other two Trinity members. But likewise, Calvinists do the same thing with their Christocentric approach to the Scriptures. In the forward to Rick Holland’s book, Uneclipsing The Son (an in-your-face Gnostic treatise), MacArthur stated that ANY emphasis on ANYONE or ANYTHING other than Christ hinders the sanctification of God’s people.

All in all, Charismatics are barely any different than Calvinists. They both partake in epistemology that sees the horizontal as purely subjective and the vertical as purely objective. The goal is to experience the spirit realm horizontally through mysticism. For the Calvinist it is gospel contemplationism. For the Charismatic it is speaking in tongues.

What’s the difference?

paul

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