What would God say about those who blatantly misrepresent His Holy Spirit; who exchange true worship for chaotic fits of mindless ecstasy; who replace the biblical gospel with vain illusions of health and wealth; who claim to prophesy in His name yet speak errors; and who sell false hope to desperate people for millions of dollars? The charismatic movement has always been a breeding-ground for scandal, greed, bad doctrine, and all kinds of spiritual chicanery. As a movement, it is clearly headed the wrong direction. And it is growing at an unprecedented rate.
From the Word of Faith to the New Apostolic Reformation, the Charismatic movement is being consumed by the empty promises of the prosperity gospel. Too many charismatic celebrities promote a “Christianity” without Christ, a Holy Spirit without holiness. And their teaching is having a disastrous influence on a grand scale, as large television networks broadcast their heresies to every part of the world.
In Strange Fire, best-selling author and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory history behind the modern Charismatic movement. He lays out a chilling case for rejecting its false prophets, speaking out against their errors, showing true reverence to the Holy Spirit, and above all clinging to the Bible as the inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the one true standard by which all truth claims must be tested.
©2013 Thomas Nelson (P)2013 Thomas Nelson
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4 out of 5 stars
By D on 12-02-14

Excellent exposé of an abhorrent movement

What made the experience of listening to Strange Fire the most enjoyable?

I liked Strange Fire because John MacArthur is so clear in his views. They are backed up by scripture references. Personally I feel he makes a mockery of any doctrinal claims of the Prosperity/Word of Faith movement. This is key reading for anybody caught up in these movements or trying to come out of them.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My emotional reaction was sadness that these movements are able to flourish. They dishonour the Holy Spirit, prey on vulnerable people and put off non-Christians to the faith.

Any additional comments?

I would have liked more comment on the area of 'spiritual abuse' in churches.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Birgitta Kigongo on 23-04-17

Genuine desire to know the truth.

A book that will stir up a genuine desire to know the truth. It forces recherch. Not taking the Bible and the teaching of it lightly.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Danielle on 06-07-15

It's informative.

I have many friends that have fallen under this devastating deception. I would recommend this book to anyone willing to read it. People need to know how subtly dangerous this deception is. Like the birds in the church it has crept it's way in...deceiving even the elect. I even fell into this deception for a brief time but I asked questions, did my research & God's word lit the way. Always give a reason for the faith that you have. This book contains helpful information about Satan's deception in the church. God's word never fails. God's word never turns up void. This movement discredits many claims in the bible then shrugs it off because of spiritual emotion. It's tragic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By juan rodriguez on 23-08-17


The Canon of scripture is closed!
no new revelation.. just illumination!
Sola Sciptura!
thank you Jesus for your Word

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