John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, reviewed by Craig S. Keener


Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. and Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary penned the following review of MacArthur’s Strange Fire. It is published in full at the The Pneuma Review website. Here’s a bit to whet your whistle…

John MacArthur, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Thomas Nelson, Nov 12, 2013)

While offering some very needed points, John MacArthur’s Strange Fire unfortunately extrapolates from those points to an entire “movement.” As I note below, I also believe that MacArthur suppresses some biblical truth on the basis of a postbiblical doctrine, the very offense with which he charges others.

Nevertheless, there is much to be learned from his criticisms; he has brought again to our attention some serious errors that charismatic churches must be on their guard against. I start with some agreeable points in the book and then move to points where I believe MacArthur has clearly overstepped the bounds of reason and Christian civility; there my tone cannot be as conciliatory.  (Continue reading)


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