Their position on the issue of the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit is so weak that they have to stoop to several types of misinformation. You may want to get a pen and paper and just write down all their tactics as you listen to the videos (below) or read their transcipts.
MAC's Ten Main Tactics:
Convolution - Omission - Exception - Eisegesis - History - Strawman - Deception - Impression - Time - Slander
Pay close attention to how he combines verses to make his point. To “prove” his point, MAC has to take you from one verse to another and try to get you to agree with his conclusions. The danger is adding 2 plus 2 and coming up with 3. There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Judas went and hanged himself.” There is another verse, somewhere else that says, “Go, and do likewise.” So we are all supposed to commit suicide, right? Beware of mixing two verses together to come to your “conclusions” when there are already clear verses about the subject. We will refer to this tactic as “Convolution.” To “convolute” means to “twist.” A pretzel is convoluted. Likewise, scriptural Convolution, is twisting a verse or two into a pretzel. This tactic requires the reader to void one of the main tenets of correct biblical interpretation: CONTEXT. Paul told Timothy to “rightly divide the Word of God.” But like Frankenstein, MAC seems to prefer to butcher the text, put it all back together, and shout, "It's alive!"
This tactic is self-explanatory. MAC simply omits verses that contradict his position.
This tactic is used when we see an example of the Holy Spirit’s activity in the church that contradicts MAC’s position, and he says that it is an “exception rather than the rule.” "That was then, this is now." In other words, that verse or incident “doesn’t count.” This tactic is often used by hyper-dispensationalists, and has the unfortunate tendency to draw personal conclusions without any proof texts.
Eisegesis is the opposite of Exegesis. To exegete a text is to draw the true meaning out. To eisegete a text is to read your personal interpretation or preconceived ideas into the verse.
Another favored tactic is to quote church leaders throughout history that agree with their perspective. What they fail to point out is that throughout church history there has been a division on this topic, just like there is today. So for every ancient human quote they have for their position, we have one for ours. Hopefully, we need not remind you that history is not our source for Truth. We have one source of infallible truth, God's Word, and the author of His Word is His Spirit. And I thank God that His Spirit is alive and well and leading His Children to this very day! Romans 8:14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God"
A Strawman argument is a magician's trick. Slight of hand. It get's your eyes off of the real issues. The idea is to establish an argument about something that is not real. So you make a big deal about something that is really a moot point. But, because you built the "strawman" and so easily knocked it down, that's supposed to show how strong your point is, when in reality, it was just an artificial point that you built yourself, out of nothing (straw).
Deception can be an outright lie or it can be an insinuation. Mostly he simply makes up doctrines, statistics and quotes out of thin air and then says he heard a Charismatic say it once. EXAMPLE: "Charismatics readily admit that 80% of what they say is 'from the Holy Spirit' is bogus." Really? Who said that, MAC? The friend of a cousin of your barber?
Everyone knows what a lie is, but how does MAC use insinuation to create a deception? A common tactic is the "Birds of a Feather" argument. To make his point, he will quote people who are on the lunatic fringe in the Charismatic community, and insinuate that they represent the whole group.
John Macarthur is a Pro-abortion Homosexual!
Using Macarthur’s own logic (all charismatics are the same) we deduced that:
A) Liberal Calvinists are Pro Abortion and Pro Homosexual.
B) John MacArthur is a Calvinist.
C) Therefore John MacArthur is Pro Abortion and Pro Homosexual.
MacArthur blatantly pulls this tactic by clumping all charismatics into one camp:
A) Holy Rollers believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit.
B) Holy Rollers claim to be charismatic.
C) Charismatics believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit.
D) Therefore all Charismatics are Holy Rollers.
He quotes people like Benny Hinn, but never Chuck Smith or Greg Laurie. After searching and searching for the most outrageous statement he can find from some goofball, he then insinuates that their beliefs are held by all Charismatics.
Impression is a tactic that is used to convince the young, ignorant and weak minded. The tact is to simply use VERY BIG WORDS, and LOTS OF RHETORIC and TALK FOR A LONG, LONG TIME and the hope is that people will be so impressed by your intellect and longevity that you simply MUST know what you are talking about.
The TIME tactic is to give the impression that the topic leans so much in their favor that they simply won't be able to cover the topic completely in the allotted time. They go on to "cover" the topic with obscure and out-of-context verses. Hey, if time is so short, then this must be your best effort, right? Really? Is that all you got? Then don't blame "time." Blame your lack of scriptural evidence on reality: the weakness of your position.
If I had no ethics, and I wanted to paint you in the most unflattering light I might call you a child pornographer. Why? Because I knew you had pictures of naked children in your wallet. Now I may leave out the fact that it was a picture taken in a studio, by a professional photographer, of one of your kids on a bear skin rug when they were one year old.
MAC claims, "Much of the movement is actually antichrist."
In Christian circles, the term "antichrist" is the lowest of the low verbal slams.
The person that coined the term "antichrist" was the Apostle John, and he used the term four times in First and Second John. Each time, he defined the term: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." So the Apostle John clearly defines an "antichrist" as someone who denies that Jesus came in the flesh. Even if you take the flakiest of the flakes in the Charismatic Movement, none of them qualify for that slanderous label. But MAC redefines the term for his abuses and invokes the term to engender fear and hatred.
This is sometimes referred to as an "ad hominem" attack. If you can't defend your position, attack the character of your opponent.
MAC says, "So you hear people say, for example, 'We felt the presence of God.' I’ve never felt the presence of God, I don’t even know what that means. Haven’t got a clue what that means..."
"It’s really a painful experience to realize how many people are caught up in this chasing what they think is the Holy Spirit, while all the time somewhere there’s a Bible in which You live and move and have Your being."
Really? MAC, claims he has never felt the presence of God and doesn't have a clue what that means! Then in his closing prayer he misquotes Acts 17:28, "For in Him we live and move and have our being." In Acts 17 Paul is talking about a personal relationship with your Creator. MAC turns that around and says that God only lives and moves and has His Being in Scripture.
What a bizzarre intrepetation of that verse! The verse says "IN HIM," MAC says "IN THE BIBLE." But that is the Calvinist tradition.
Jesus quoted Isaiah in Mark 7:
“Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
And Hebrews 3:8 clearly states, "The Holy Spirit says, 'If you hear His Voice, do not harden your hearts."
But MAC insists that no one can hear the Voice of God, including him.
I would tell MAC to "Speak for yourself!" Not everyone has hardened their hearts!
There is so much convolusion in this message that it boggles the mind! Review the above "Tactics" to watch for the different ways that, like the pied piper, they lead people from the truth to unwittingly embrace their error.
Interesting quote from the above video:
"To the false teachers who along with their Charismatic practices deny the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, the biblical Jesus, the biblical gospel, do not be afraid to say with Jesus when you make a proselyte, you turn him into twice the child of hell that you are. Don’t be afraid to use the language of Jude and 2 Peter. Don’t be afraid to say with Paul that they teach another gospel and if they don’t renounce that false gospel, let them be anathema, let them be damned."
Remember, this sermon was preached at the Strange Fire Conference at John MacArthur's "GRACE" church. According to this speaker, Charismatics are "children of hell" and we should "let them be damned."
In this message, MAC claims, "Much of the movement is actually antichrist."
The person that coined the term "antichrist" was the Apostle John, and he used the term four times in First and Second John. Each time, he defined the term: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." So the Apostle John clearly defines an "antichrist" as someone who denies that Jesus came in the flesh. Even if you take the flakiest of the flakes in the Charismatic Movement, none of them remotely qualify as an "antichrist."