Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
For the second day in a row, Todd Friel sat down for a Q&A with several of the conference speakers. He led John MacArthur, Nathan Busenitz, Phil Johnson, and Conrad Mbewe through a discussion on the practical aspects of dealing with the charismatic church. The speakers took turns answering how best to assist people caught up in the movement, and how attendees can be effective spiritual stimulants in their congregations. As Friel played more video clips and probed deeper into the issues with thought-provoking questions, the speakers emphasized the importance of having a biblical basis for everything in the believer's life. Each man was compassionate but direct in the need to biblically confront false teaching, and offered encouragement on how to effectively engage people on these important issues.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Strange Fire Video: Panel Question and Answer - Todd Friel John MacArthur Steve Lawson Tom Pennington Justin Peters 10-17-2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
To close the conference Friday night, John MacArthur took the pulpit and began by answering many of the criticisms regarding Strange Fire. He directly addressed the claims that the teaching at the conference has been unloving and divisive, saying that "the most loving thing someone can do is to tell the truth" and that "it's better to be divided by the truth than united by error." He said he does care about offending people, but he cares more about offending God.
With that in mind, he made a clear call for his continuationist friends to abandon a position that gives license and credibility to the excesses of the charismatic movement. He strongly exhorted them to consider the cost of their continuationist stance, and how it can be a gateway to unbiblical charismatic theology and practice. He closed his time, and the week, by restating his motive to hold the Strange Fire conference. He demonstrated from 1 and 2 Timothy a pastor's responsibilities—illustrated in the life of Paul—to declare and guard the treasured truth of God's Word.
We trust Strange Fire was an encouragement to you. In the coming weeks, the audio and video from the conference will be available both here and at tmstrangefire.org. We look forward to how the Lord will use those resources to strengthen His church and grow His people.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Steve Lawson opened the third session by asking the question, "What would John Calvin say about the wave of new Calvinists who are 'open but cautious' to the charismatic movement?" To answer that question, he looked back at how Calvin dealt with similar controversial movements in his own time. Working through Calvin's Institutes and his commentaries, Dr. Lawson showed how Calvin understood the apostolic gifts as validation of the apostolic message. He made it clear that Calvin saw no need for the gospel to be revalidated--just faithfully preached. He summed up the session by saying, "If we want to see a new reformation this day, and the revival of Reformed theology continually expand the borders of its influence, we must be exclusively committed to the written word of God."
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tom Pennington provided us with a biblical case for the doctrine of cessationism. He began by defining cessationism as the belief that God ended His use of the miraculous gifts that existed during the first century. He went on to explain that miracles were unique in Scripture, showing that they only appeared during profound moves of God, particularly during the ministries of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus Christ. Miracles validated those specific ministries, as well as the ministries of the apostles who laid the foundation of the church. When God finished that crucial work, the miracles ceased because they were no longer needed. That teaching has been the church's standard position on signs and miracles throughout its history.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
John MacArthur kicked off the second day of Strange Fire with an exhortation to "test the spirits" of the charismatic movement. He explained that true spiritual warfare is a fight for the mind, and that "for the charismatic movement to succeed," it has to "turn discernment into iniquity." Preaching out of 1 John 4, he highlighted several biblical principles for testing the spirits, focusing primarily on the Holy Spirit's role in exalting Christ. By contrasting the biblical truth about the Person and work of Jesus with the spurious version proclaimed by many charismatic leaders, John made the clear point that a true movement of the Holy Spirit wouldn't preach an inaccurate Christ.