A History of the Charismatic Movement: A Response to Michael Brown

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Michael Brown is a well known author and flamecontributor to charismanews, an online Pentecostal and Charismatic magazine. Recently though, Brown has been increasingly agitated by John MacArthur’s anti-Charismatic comments and the upcoming Strange Fire Conference. In his most recent article, An Appeal to John MacArthur to Embrace God’s True Fire on July 5, 2013, Brown tries to defend the Charismatic movement against MacArthur’s claim that it is “bizarre and unintelligible.” According to Brown, it is generated by true, sound, biblical teaching.

This claim though, could not be more unmerited.

In another article Brown wrote, he stated, “I am far more concerned about denying the true fire than I am about putting out every aberrant charismatic brush fire.” What’s funny is that to refer to the problems of the Charismatic movement as merely a “brush fire” just might be the understatement of the century.… Continue reading

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Why I Am Not a Charismatic

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Pastor John MacArthur has never been one to pull punches when addressing the charismatic movement. In fact, his book Charismatic Chaos has long been considered one of the hallmarks of his ministry, addressing many of the negative and confusing effects the charismatic movement has had on Evangelicalism. But the problem hasn’t gone away, and, if anything, has grown exponentially. That’s why you might have noticed a recent new buzz about the issue as a result of the new Strange Fire Conference coming to Southern California in October. But is all the buzz necessary? Is it really as crippling as MacArthur makes it out to be?… Continue reading

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