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The Charismatics
The Charismatics
by John F. MacArthur
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wicked book!!!, 1 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Charismatics (Paperback)
JMAC has been quite antagonistic against all things Charismatic for over 30 years. He wrote a dreadful book back at the close of the 70's start of the `80's called "The Charismatics" and everyone from Bill Gaither, Pat Boone, Andre Crouch to the Jesus Music people from California and anyone who he disagreed with got slammed for being "unbiblical".

Then he "got in the ring" again in the `90's this time to slam folks like John Wimber, Peter Wagner etc etc.

This time he's gone all out and basically concluded, because of the extreme examples of certain groups associated with the Charismatic movement, that ALL Charismatic Christians are:

* Unbiblical and heretics.
* Don't preach a true gospel.
* Are basically non-Christian and don't know God (as he defines God of course).
* Going to hell and taking millions of people with them.

You can see what a firestorm he's caused and now many of even his fellow "fundamentalist" brothers and writing open letters to him telling him to back off, shut up and repent.

I find him an incredibly arrogant, narrow-minded, distasteful fellow who over the years has gotten narrower and narrower, to the point where he has deceived himself into thinking of himself as the world's "evangelical policeman".

About 6-7 years ago a colleague gave me a another book my Macarthur (which he was endorsing) in which Macarthur had visited London England, and in particular C.H. Spurgeon's grave. In the book (can't recall the title) he basically concludes that the Lord was calling him to be the new "Spurgeon" and warn the evangelical church against all things heretical (charismatics, theistic evolutionists, non-inerrantists, emergents, catholics, etc.).

Don't get sucked into the apparently spiritual, biblical arguments in this book. Step back and see the "woods" instead of the "Macarthur trees".


Charismatic Chaos
Charismatic Chaos
by John F., Jr. MacArthur
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wicked book. Don't be decieved by it's claims., 1 Nov. 2013
JMAC has been quite antagonistic against all things Charismatic for over 30 years. He wrote a dreadful book back at the close of the 70's start of the `80's called "The Charismatics" and everyone from Bill Gaither, Pat Boone, Andre Crouch to the Jesus Music people from California and anyone who he disagreed with got slammed for being "unbiblical".

Then he "got in the ring" again in the `90's this time to slam folks like John Wimber, Peter Wagner etc etc.

This time he's gone all out and basically concluded, because of the extreme examples of certain groups associated with the Charismatic movement, that ALL Charismatic Christians are:

* Unbiblical and heretics.
* Don't preach a true gospel.
* Are basically non-Christian and don't know God (as he defines God of course).
* Going to hell and taking millions of people with them.

You can see what a firestorm he's caused and now many of even his fellow "fundamentalist" brothers and writing open letters to him telling him to back off, shut up and repent.

I find him an incredibly arrogant, narrow-minded, distasteful fellow who over the years has gotten narrower and narrower, to the point where he has deceived himself into thinking of himself as the world's "evangelical policeman".

About 6-7 years ago a colleague gave me a another book my Macarthur (which he was endorsing) in which Macarthur had visited London England, and in particular C.H. Spurgeon's grave. In the book (can't recall the title) he basically concludes that the Lord was calling him to be the new "Spurgeon" and warn the evangelical church against all things heretical (charismatics, theistic evolutionists, non-inerrantists, emergents, catholics, etc.).

Don't get sucked into the apparently spiritual, biblical arguments in this book. Step back and see the "woods" instead of the "Macarthur trees".


Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge (Landmarks in Christian Scholarship)
Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge (Landmarks in Christian Scholarship)
by Professor Kevin J Vanhoozer
Edition: Paperback

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and highly repetitive., 23 Oct. 2012
I recall someone say one time, in response to listenting to particularly aweful piece of music, that they would rather have their toe nails pulled out in slow motion. That's what I felt like after trying for 4 days to plow my way through this turgid piece of nonsense. I had expected so much from this book. Took it on holiday and was so full of expectation, but WHAT an incredible disappointment. It is by far THE most boring piece of literature I have ever read. To say it is repetitive would be a gross understatement. But if you enjoy long evenings by yourself, sipping something non-alcoholic, being entertained by conservative evangelical authors who feel their calling in life is to warn the rest of the world about postmodernism, then buy this book for the exagerrated price it will cost you. Otherwise, avoid at all costs is my advice, and go but something more readable on a very important subject - hermeneutics, that takes a more balanced approach to the role of the reader in interpretation and is open to having a conversation, rather than closing ones mind. If you agree that the text of scripture is "pregnant with meaning" then this is definitely not the book for you!


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