There are often times I take positions opposite of Rodney just to irritate him. This is not one of those times. As a matter of fact, Rodney’s piece is required reading before wading into the water of MacArthur v. Driscoll.
I generally have no issue allowing Mark Driscoll to be taken down a notch and I am not predisposed to love or have loyalty of John MacArthur. So with this, let me move on.
I am here to say that reproaches that are falling on His holy name are falling on me as well, and mostly this comes in the professing church from Pentecostals and Charismatics who feel they have free license to abuse the Holy Spirit and even blaspheme His holy name. And they do it constantly.
He goes on:
How do they do it? By attributing to the Holy Spirit words that He didn’t say, deeds that He didn’t do, and experiences that He didn’t produce, attributing to the Holy Spirit that which is not the work of the Holy Spirit.
He goes on to cite the New Apostolic Reformation, Cindy Jacobs, and a host of other nutters I’ve long called attention to as false teachers and reprobates. I have no qualms about citing them as a destructive force on Christianity. It is not merely that I don’t believe their bunk, garbage, and… well you get you idea, but they stand a part and often against the Great Tradition of Christianity like their father Montanus.
Many believe MacArthur lumped all pentecostals and charismatics together, but it seems he cited several specific examples.
Anyway, while I believe he is correct, I think he misses a great deal. First, I wouldn’t bandy about the concept of blasphemy as easily as he has. After all, what they do, we all do to some extent in pronouncing biblical interpretation. Frankly, if the NAR is blaspheming the Holy Spirit, so is Calvinism because both are wrong.
Further, I think he misses the corporate experience of the Spirit rather than the individual. He, instead, latches on to the actions of these individuals as well as forgetting to give a better view of the Holy Spirit. But, all in all, his take on the specific people, I believe, are dead on (except I wouldn’t go so far as to say they are blaspheming).
Anyway, I wanted to call attention to this and get your thoughts. On one hand, I like what MacArthur said but on the other, I think he goes too far in labeling these people as blasphemers.
- Mark Driscoll to Crash John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference? (christculturenews.com)
- John MacArthur vs. Mark Driscoll: Megachurch pastors clash over charismatic theology (religionnews.com)
- What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? (jmdansville.wordpress.com)
- Strange Fire Conference: John MacArthur’s Opening Address (challies.com)
- Mark Driscoll Shows Up at Strange Fire Conference; Says Free Books he Was Giving Away Were Confiscated by Security (blackchristiannews.com)
- Strange Fire Conference: John MacArthur Tests the Spirits (challies.com)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in John MacArthur’s Opening Address (marccortez.com)