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Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by Loren Sandford

Anyone taking an honest look at the mainstream of the Charismatic Movement will see that charismatics and Pentecostals have made huge contributions to the cause of the gospel in every area of endeavor from theology to education, from welfare work to missions, from evangelism to church planting. Here in Michael Brown’s work you find an effective summary of much of what charismatics and Pentecostals have done to further the cause of Christ. It is both scholarly and effective.

I would recommend Authentic Fire to anyone seeking a balanced view of what is really going in the mainstream of the Charismatic and Pentecostal Movements. Unfortunately, many of the abuses cited by MacArthur and acknowledged by Michael Brown have been perpetrated by those who dominate Christian media. In reality, according to Michael Brown, this constitutes a minority element. I agree. Domination of the media by unbalanced presentations and poor theology has created a false impression of the movement and it is this that MacArthur uses to characterize the whole. Michael Brown eloquently and thoroughly exposes the imbalance in perceptions this creates and irrefutably documents the truth of what the majority of Charismatics and Pentecostals are really about.

Reviewed by R. Loren Sandford

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Category: Spirit, Spring 2014

About the Author: R. Loren Sandford died on September 17, 2021. He was the eldest son of John and Paula Sandford, widely recognized as pioneers in the charismatic renewal, prophetic ministry and inner healing. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Loren entered full time ministry in 1976 and was the founding pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado. As well as traveling internationally as a conference and seminar speaker, he was the author of numerous books, including: Burnout: Renewal in the Wilderness (1998), Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-fulfillment (Chosen, 2005), Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift (Chosen, 2007), The Prophetic Church: Wielding the Power to Change the World (Chosen, 2009), Renewal for the Wounded Warrior: A Burnout Survival Guide for Believers (Chosen, 2010), Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look for and How to Prepare (Chosen, 2012), Yes, There’s More: A Return to Childlike Faith and a Deeper Experience of God (Charisma House, 2015), A Vision of Hope for the End Times: Why I Want to Be Left Behind (2018), and The Last Great Outpouring: Preparing for an Unprecedented Move of God (2020). Married since 1972, he and Beth have two daughters and one son who have collectively given them nine grandchildren. Loren was also a member of the Osage Nation, a Native American heritage he deeply treasured. Twitter: @pastorrls

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