I thought I might post this just in case some pentacostals may have a slightly distorted view of john Macarthur ,,,,,,in this clip he speaks in a positive way regarding that denomination ,, I only post this due to the fact in my life that I don't like to see divisionblessings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWp-rLTPQYE
I believe that perhaps some of them (Charismatics and Pentecostals) are Christians. The Lord knows how many, but it is my own conviction, that the vast majority are not.What is going to be history's verdict on the effect of the Pentecostal Movement, is that the Pentecostal Movement caused the Church to become disinterested in sound doctrine. And that ultimately, is the greatest impact, and that's Spiritual AIDS--the Church no longer has a functioning immune system to recognize deadly error. - John MacArthur
Having at one time in my life heard from God that I was essentially more of a Pharisee than a disciple, I do understand how this stuff sneaks in and disarms the power of God. Phariseeism never goes away.What a shame to have to engage in this conversation. How much more useful it would be to encourage one another to get the gifts, use them to win the lost, expand the kingdom, bless the Father's aching heart!As I read Solomon101's posting to my wife, she made the comment that (MacArthur) sounded like the way modern government officials denigrate both Christianity and the TEA party. Some people see themselves above the fray, worthy of that place at the right hand of power.On the other hand, men who rise to national prominence in ministry are forced to endure daily criticism and even death threats. For a time my wife and I attended a big church here in San Diego where the pastor (Baptist- friend of MacArthur) also has an international ministry and reputation. When he enters the sanctuary for services, he is accompanied by what appears to me to be an armed guard who is never more than a couple steps away.Not anything I can relate to, I like to engage my pastor with some level of conversation and intimacy in the Spirit. These guys stay insulated from such unwashed nut-jobs as I am...This weekend I will be a camp counsellor up in the hills with about 75 handicapped adults. I fully expect to get my hands dirty with toileting issues, vomit, confusion and runaway emotional outbursts. I will need all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit He can spare! Because their precious souls are so worth it! God will be doing things that nationally prominent clergy persons will never know about. And that's OK.