What does John MacArthur say about the Charismatics?
(from day one of "Strange Fire" conference, PDF transcript below)
We know there are people who are in this Movement who are deceivers and they know they’re deceivers. They’re false teachers and they know they’re false teachers. They’re in it for the money and they know they’re in it for the money.
(keep in mind that Macarthur pays himself $237/hr to host his radio show for 20 hours weekly [that's $4731/week] and has the gall to accuse ANYONE of being in ministry for the money?)
They are attributing to the Holy Spirit the works of Satan.
I was watching the other day some behavior among Hindus who are a part of what’s called the Kundalini cult…the Kundalini cult, they have certain body movements that appear to be perhaps best explained by demon possession. And they’re the absolutely identical body movements to people in the Charismatic Movement in the extreme behaviors that we see in so-called revivals. This is paganism. This is the work of Satan. This is the work of the kingdom of darkness and it is not to be attributed to the Holy Spirit.
It’s a tragic thing. In some ways it’s so ridiculous you might laugh at it, it is a tragic and agonizing irony, frankly, that those who claim to be most devoted to the Holy Spirit, those who claim to have a corner on His power, those who claim to be experiencing His presence are following patterns that blaspheme His name and that are the same as those who are engaged with demons.
I think there are people in the Movement who desire to worship God in a true way. They may be caught up in this false worship as well because intention is not enough. The Movement itself, listen carefully, offers nothing to true worship. Can I say that again? The Movement itself has brought us nothing to enrich true worship. Why do I say that? Because the Charismatic Movement as such has made no contribution to biblical clarity. It has made no contribution to biblical interpretation. It has made no contribution to sound doctrine.
They brought in chaos, confusion, misrepresentation and misunderstanding.
It detracts and it confuses. It is not a source for any advancement of our understanding of Scripture or sound doctrine.
Nothing coming from the Charismatic Movement has preserved truth and sound doctrine. It has only produced distortion, confusion, and error.
Not all of them are heretics but I say again, the contribution of the truth to people in the Movement doesn’t come from the Movement, it comes in spite of it.
The Charismatic Movement is loaded with non-Christians, people who don’t know God, people who are involved for carnal reasons, carnal desires and emotional experiences. I’m grateful for those who do know the truth and are faithful to the truth, but the vast majority, I fear, are in the dark.
The world over, my great fear is that people are lost…lost in the Movement, chasing carnal desires and false promises with little or no understanding or interest in the true gospel, true repentance, the true Christ and true salvation. No Movement, supposedly based on an orthodox gospel, has done more damage to the church than this Movement.
Additional attacks on Charismatics from John MacArthur on day three of "Strange Fire" conference
(PDF transcript below)
This conference is first and foremost to help the church. I don’t have any illusions about nonbelievers understanding what we’re talking about. And as we’ve said, there are many non-believers in this movement. I don’t expect them to understand the truth. I don’t expect them to have a desire for the truth, a hunger for the truth, or to search out the truth. That’s not what unbelievers do unless they’re in the midst of being prompted by the Holy Spirit.
But we do want to help the church. We’ve been speaking to the people who believe the Bible is the Word of God and who believe that God has revealed Himself clearly and consistently and without contradiction. This is for the true church…the true church, so that they can discern, so that they can be protected from error and so that they can be a source of truth for others outside the church. We’ve been talking to God’s people, God’s true church in the mixed kingdom, full of wheat and tares.
There are others who criticize by saying, and this came pretty early in this conference, you’re attacking brothers…you’re attacking brothers. I wish I could affirm that. We said this one way or another already this week, this is a movement made up largely of non-Christians…non-Christians.
A lot more can be said about that, and you’re going to read a lot of detail about it in the book. But I’m convinced that the broader Charismatic Movement has opened the door to more theological error, listen, more theological error than any other doctrinal aberration in this modern day. Liberalism was bad. Psychology was bad. Ecumenism was bad. Pragmatism was bad. Mysticism was bad. Nothing is as bad as Charismaticism cause of its extensive impact. And once that kind of experientialism gets a foothold, there’s no brand of heresy or wickedness that will not ride it into the church.