Noted blogger Tim Challies has provided a summary of the John MacArthur-led Strange Fire Conference, a conference devoted to the charismatic movement:
“Here is a one-sentence summary of each of the addresses so far:
John MacArthur: Charismatic theology is offensive to God and any good that has come out of the movement has come despite, not because of, that theology. (read a summary)
Joni Eareckson Tada: I thank God that he did not answer my prayers for healing because it has shown me the deeper healing he means to do in my life. (read a summary)
R.C. Sproul: Charismatic theology downplays the uniqueness and long-lasting significance of Pentecost. (read a summary)
Steve Lawson: If you are a Reformed charismatic, you need to go to John Calvin, the father of Reformed theology, to see that he would not sanction it. (read a summary)
Conrad Mbewe: Charismatic theology is producing chaos and innumerable false converts all over Africa.” (read a summary)
“Judging by comments and by social media buzz, the event is being closely followed by many who hold to charismatic theology, and especially those who also hold to Reformed theology. Some are expressing sorrow at what they see as harsh and unfair treatment while others are expressing either patience or gratitude. Many are confused and are hoping for clearer definitions and positive affirmations that will better express and defend the cessationist position.” read more
While I’m neither a cessationist or a continuationist, but simply someone opened to whatever God decides to do in his world, I too am saddened by this Strange Fire Conference.
Why isn’t the respected Reformed and Charismatic John Piper at this conference, to provide a Reformed and Charismatic Theology?
As it stands, this conference is half-baked.