This past week, Pastor John MacArthur, noted theologian and local church pastor at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA, received quite a bit of media attention when he called out Pentecostal & Charismatic church leaders as false prophets.
What is a Pentecostal or Charismatic?
A so-called Pentecostal or Charismatic person is, a follower of Christ, who believes in, and practices the manifest gifts of the Spirit as described in the Bible’s New Testament book, The Acts of the Apostles. They follow the teachings of the Apostle Paul, in the book of 1 Corinthians 12-14 , about how these gifts should be used in the congregation.
The leaders John MacArthur mentions by name during his recent Strange Fire conference tend to be the more controversial leaders of large Prosperity Gospel churches. These are not representative of the whole Pentecostal or Charismatic movement, and these same leaders are often challenged by biblical teaching from other movement leaders.
In response to Pastor MacArthur’s strong words and direct challenge to the gifts of the Spirit, I wanted to re-post a two part sermon I preached earlier this year at Eagle LifeChurch, on the Manifestation Gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-14. Please listen so that you will be prepared to answer any questions you may get from friends, co-workers, or family who may have questions during this time of media attention.
Please listen to Manifest Gifts Part 1 here
Please listen to Manifest Gifts Part 2 here