MacArthur vs the Charismatics
John MacArthur is having a conference in October to rip on “Charismatic Worship” and instruct us all in the way we’d darn well better get our worship right.
The consequence could be that Old Testament and old covenant judgments will fall on us as we offer “strange fire” unto the Lord if we don’t straighten up.
Now, I have a grave distaste for “charismatic excess”.
I have an even deeper distaste for MacArthurs’ incessant calling down of fire on anyone who does church differently than he does.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17–20 ESV)
That’s our message John…not condemnation, reconciliation.
It doesn’t get amens from always angry bunch you’ve cultivated, but it’s the only one we’ve been given since the cross.
It’s very easy to inflame the people, but it’s a pastors job to teach them to love the lost into reconciliation with God.
Those who already have placed their faith in Christ have been reconciled already…even if you don’t like the way they worship.
There is now no condemnation for those who speak in tongues or dance.
There is a lost world that deserves our attention…if we can stop beating the hell out of each other long enough to give it some.