Charismatic Chaos

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The charismatic movement has made an impact on the church unparalleled in history. But one legacy of the movement is confusion and mushy thinking. In Charismatic Chaos, John MacArthur calls for biblical evaluation and analyzes the doctrinal differences between charismatics and non-charismatics in the light of Scripture.

“My principal concern,” writes MacArthur, “is to call the church to a firm commitment to the purity and authority of the Scriptures, and thereby to strengthen the unity of the true church.” To tough questions that seem to divide, Charismatic Chaos provides tougher answers that strive to unite. This book tackles such questions as:

  • Is experience a valid test of truth?
  • Does God still give revelation?
  • Prophets, fanatics, or heretics?
  • Does God still heal?
  • What should we think of the Signs and Wonders movement?
  • Does the Bible promise health and wealth?

Product Information

Format: Paperback

Vendor: Zondervan

Publication Date: 1993

ISBN: 0310575729

ISBN-13: 9780310575726

UPC: 025986575724

(HT: Christian Book Distributors)

About the Author

John MacArthurJohn MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.

In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John came to Grace Community Church. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. Under John’s leadership, Grace Community Church’s two morning worship services fill the 3,500-seat auditorium to capacity. Several thousand members participate every week in dozens of fellowship groups and training programs, most led by lay leaders and each dedicated to equipping members for ministry on local, national, and international levels.

In 1985, John became president of The Master’s College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year liberal arts Christian college in Santa Clarita, California. In 1986, John founded The Master’s Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work.

John is also president and featured teacher with Grace to You. Founded in 1969, Grace to You is the nonprofit organization responsible for developing, producing, and distributing John’s books, audio resources, and the “Grace to You” radio and television programs. “Grace to You” radio airs more than 1,000 times daily throughout the English-speaking world, reaching major population centers on every continent of the world. It also airs nearly 1,000 times daily in Spanish, reaching 23 countries from Europe to Latin America. “Grace to You” television airs weekly on DirecTV in the United States, and is available for free on the Internet worldwide. All of John’s 3,000 sermons, spanning more than four decades of ministry, are available for free on this website.

Since completing his first best-selling book The Gospel According to Jesus in 1988, John has written nearly 400 books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in ChristStrange FireAshamed of the GospelThe Murder of JesusA Tale of Two SonsTwelve Ordinary MenThe Truth War, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, Slave, One Perfect Lifeand The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John’s titles have been translated into more than two dozen languages. The MacArthur Study Bible, the cornerstone resource of his ministry, is available in English (NKJ, NAS, and ESV), Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic with a Chinese translation underway.

John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children: Matt, Marcy, Mark, and Melinda. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fifteen grandchildren.

(HT: Grace to You)

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4 Comments to “Charismatic Chaos”

  1. I grew up in the church of a popular Word of Faith televangelist. In 2009-2010, while attending a charismatic bible school, Charismatic Chaos was extremely helpful to me as I looked through the scriptures to study these important topics. Despite being over two decades old, readers will find this book relevant to today’s current theological climate. Dr. MacArthur is thorough in exegeting the relevant passages of scripture. The book does a fine job of comparing the modern practices of today’s charismatic churches with the gifts of grace as taught and exhibited in the scriptures. Most people today either have direct ties with the charismatic movement or are know someone who is involved with the movement. With the rapid growth and broad reach of charismatic teaching and practice, this book is relevant to every evangelic believer.

    • Thanks for the testimony, Joe! How did you first get your hands on the book if you were so entrenched in the Word of Faith movement?

      • I actually got it from my grandfathers bookshelf. I already respected MacArthur and was already trying to work through the issues with the help of some reforming believers around me and after having watched a Justin Peters presentation.

      • Wow, just like Spurgeon, who loved to read Puritan books on his grandfather’s library, chief among them Pilgrim’s Progress. You’re in good company. And what a great reminder of how you never know how the sound Christian literature you collect will affect your family in years to come. It’s never in the way you expect it to.

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