Right before Jesus was crucified, he prayed what is commonly referred to His "High Priestly Prayer." What was the focus of that prayer? One of the main issues was unity. He prayed that His followers would "be one as We are One." It has been summarized as, "Unity in the Essentials, Liberty on the nonessentials, and Charity (love) in all things."
MAC vehemently rejects that plea for unity and embraces division in its stead.
Ironically, the very chapter that Paul describes the Gifts of the Spirit, is the same chapter that he repeats that plea of unity:
I Corinthians 12, "For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
MAC readily admits that he is an eye and not an ear. MAC can read the Bible, but he cannot hear the Voice of God. But he shouts to the ears from the pulpit every Sunday, "I have no need of you!"
Although there are verses after verses that talk about hearing the voice of God, MAC says that he has NEVER heard the voice of God. So MAC is left with just the Word. Now that's a good place to start, but why stop there when God offers you so much more? We have the Word as a standard, so if you feel that you got a word from the Lord, you hold it up to His Written Word to see if it conforms to it. But at no time did God ever intend the Written Word to supplant or replace His Spoken Word. MAC acts like all he needs is food, but you also need water and air. You might look at it like the Father is the FOOD, the Son is the WATER and the Spirit is the AIR. We cannot exist without all three.
Hebrews 3:8 states, "The Holy Spirit says, 'If you hear His Voice, do not harden your hearts." MAC ridicules those that hear the Voice of God and insinuates that it must be audible to the fleshly ear, when God speaks to your heart.
In I Kings 19, the Lord speaks to Elijah, "Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper."
When the Holy Spirit whispers to your heart, it is from within. He would only need to speak audibly if your spirit was hard of hearing. Romans 8:16 says, "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." That's an inner testimony that is heard with your spiritual ears. MAC acts like it must sound like Darth Vader, "This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
There are some in the Calvinist clan that defy the cold, dead, lifeless version of Christianity portrayed by MAC. Charles Stanley is a good example. He speaks with and hears from the Lord regularly. He is a unifier, MAC is a divider.
Romans 16:17 says, "I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people."
Unity is supposed to be one of our top priorities. No, we never sacrifice the Truth for Unity, but MAC acts like he will only fellowship with those of like mind. EXACTLY the same, in every way, including polyester suits and comb-overs. I thinks Calvinists are incorrect in their interpretation of Scripture in many areas, but I would not consider them to be heretical. MAC, on the other hand, sees Arminians as borderline demonic, especially if you are an ear.
MAC claims, "Much of the movement is actually antichrist. Stories about visions of Jesus in Charismatic circles are really terrifying to me...sappy emotionalism, bizarre fantasy, having absolutely nothing to do with Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Delusions? Probably. Lies? Surely. But they do not find their source in the Holy Spirit."
I agree with MAC that there are a lot of flakes in the church, not just in the Charismatic movement. But "antichrist?" Do you have to go that far in your condemnation, MAC? The biggest issue is that MAC paints all Arminians with his broad brush, and that is outright deception on his part. We could do the same by accusing all Calvinists of being pro-abortion and pro-homosexual, but we don't because that would be disingenuous.
The Apostle John warned us about people like MAC in III John 1:9-10, " I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church."
I believe that we should probably extend a hand of fellowship to MAC...but I highly suspect that he would bite it off.
At 28:28 MAC says he is NOT dividing the church. All he is doing is showing that the Arminians/Charismatics are "not a part of the body of Christ."
(then listen to the pridefull applause from his blind folowers)