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The Bible’s Undertaker: Cessationism in Contrast to a Living, Miraculous Christianity

The Bible’s Undertaker: Cessationism in Contrast to a Living, Miraculous Christianity

Introduction Twentieth century Pentecostalism reawakened the world to miracles. The growth of this movement activated individuals in established religion to wrestle with a major player on the world scene of Christianity. Even so, as Pentecostalism expands, the cessationist view resuscitates a theological position that corresponds with the European intellectual development of the late seventeenth and […]

Craig Keener on Anti-supernaturalism and Cessationism

Craig Keener on Anti-supernaturalism and Cessationism

  “Is [Craig S. Keener] seriously suggesting that there is a cause and effect relationship between German anti-supernaturalism and cessationism?” — From comments on Craig Keener’s review of John MacArthur, Strange Fire It’s not cause-and-effect, though there is a relationship. Antisupernaturalism may have made it easier for hard cessationism to flourish and harder for continuationism […]

Michael Brown's Authentic Fire, reviewed by William De Arteaga

Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by William De Arteaga

Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, Dec 12, 2013), 418 pages. Authentic Fire, by Dr. Michael L. Brown, is a masterful answer to the intemperate and angry attack on Charismatic movement and Pentecostalism by John MacArthur in his work, Strange Fire.[1] In the public launch to Strange […]

John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, reviewed by Monte Lee Rice

John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, reviewed by Monte Lee Rice

John MacArthur, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2013), 333 pages, ISBN 9781400206414. Introduction In this highly polemical book, John MacArthur argues that as an aggressive though “counterfeit” form of Christian spirituality, the global Pentecostal-Charismatic movement is neither founded on nor representative of orthodox Christian […]

Robert Kimball Shinkoskey, Do My Prophets No Harm

Robert Shinkoskey’s Do My Prophets No Harm, reviewed by Woodrow Walton

  Robert Kimball Shinkoskey, Do My Prophets No Harm: Revelation and Religious Liberty in the Bible (Eugene, Oregon: Resource Publications, 2011), 206 pages, ISBN 9781608998456. Robert Shinkoskey has two main proposals in Do My Prophets No Harm. The first proposal is that the Ten Commandments provide ancient Israel’s constitutional government. In theory, the Ten Commandments […]

Miracle Accounts beyond Antiquity, by Craig S. Keener

Miracle Accounts beyond Antiquity, by Craig S. Keener

An excerpt from Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, by Craig S. Keener. From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. From the introduction to Part 3, “Miracle Accounts beyond Antiquity” Pages 209-210 The principle of analogy once used to argue against all ancient miracles (either the occurrence of some sorts of extranormal phenomena or their […]

Miracle Accounts: Multicultural Approach, by Craig S. Keener

Miracle Accounts: Multicultural Approach, by Craig S. Keener

An excerpt from Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, by Craig S. Keener. From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. From Part 3, “Miracle Accounts beyond Antiquity” Chapter 7, “Majority World Perspectives” Pages 214-219 A Multicultural Approach Social scientists have noted that, despite a variety of interpretations, “people from all cultures relate stories of spontaneous, […]

Are Miracles Possible? by Craig S. Keener

Are Miracles Possible? by Craig S. Keener

An excerpt from Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, by Craig S. Keener. From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. From Part 2, “Are Miracles Possible?” Chapter 5, “Hume and Philosophic Questions” Pages 161-167 The Circularity of Hume’s Approach Houston challenges at length Hume’s belief that the general improbability of events in a particular class […]

Does God Still Give Revelation Today?

Does God Still Give Revelation Today?

By Scott Lencke. Continuationists believe God still speaks today. This happens not only through the word of God in Scripture, but even through specific words or what we might term as “revelations.” These revelations can come in various manners – prophecies, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, visions, dreams, etc. – but God still communicates […]

The False Doctrine Behind John MacArthur's Strange Fire, by Eddie Hyatt

The False Doctrine Behind John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, by Eddie Hyatt

In his latest book, Strange Fire, John MacArthur viciously labels the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement as “a false church as dangerous as any cult or heresy that has ever assaulted Christianity.” As I have read and reread his polemic, one thing that becomes clear is that MacArthur’s entire theological outlook is guided and determined by his commitment […]

Why I Took Time to Respond to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire

Why I Took Time to Respond to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire

by Frank Viola Someone has asked me, “Why waste your time on responding to MacArthur’s writings against the charismatics?” When I was in my 20s, I wrote a critique of John MacArthur’s Charismatic Chaos because a brother in the Lord broke fellowship with me and my friends after reading MacArthur’s book. Jesus said to His […]

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

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

John MacArthur, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Thomas Nelson, Nov 12, 2013) 9781400205172. 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 […]

John MacArthur's Strange Fire, Reviewed by Eddie L. Hyatt

John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, Reviewed by Eddie L. Hyatt

This is a pre-publication review of John MacArthur, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Thomas Nelson, Nov 12, 2013) 9781400205172. As a life-long Pentecostal-Charismatic, I recommend that every Pentecostal-Charismatic leader read Strange Fire by John MacArthur. I say this because we need to see how the bizarre “spiritual” behavior […]

Claiming God’s Promises Today: Classic and Modern Word of Faith Views Compared and Contrasted, by Paul King

Claiming God’s Promises Today: Classic and Modern Word of Faith Views Compared and Contrasted, by Paul King

  This chapter is from Paul L. King’s book Only Believe: Examining the Origins and Development of Classic and Contemporary Word of Faith Theologies. Classic and Modern Word of Faith Views Compared and Contrasted The classic faith leaders affirmed the reality of the supernatural, not just in the Bible and the early New Testament church, […]

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