While I am appreciate Tim Challies’ calm tone in his reflections on the first day of the Strange Fire conference, I still found it all to be bracing, like cold water. I responded to Challies on G+ in this vein:
I’d like to think things will go irenically as you hope, but the language and the aspersions are so unfair and over the top I don’t see how that is possible.
There is no desire to engage with any Charismatic person on the level of theology, only on the level of practices as measured by the worst. The bogus statistics [90% of Charismatics are “Word of Faith”] are just an added bonus and further marginalizes us in all your eyes…
Yes, Pastor MacArthur has managed to put all of us bugs into the same jar, from Piper to Hayford to Fee to traditional Assemblies of God pastors to the most over the top Word of Faith preacher in the two-thirds world who copied a lady with purple hair on TV. We are all the same to you. Congratulations and thanks for the reminder!
And apparently a good chunk of you really do think that we are all blaspheming the Holy Spirit. So much for the high-sounding talk and video clip for the “Faithful Pentecostals.” In the Cessationist definition, a faithful Pentecostal is one who does not actually do anything Pentecostal, especially if the Bible no longer contains 1 Corinthians 14:39.
But, if you really don’t think we are blaspheming the Spirit, then who will correct MacArthur, as we are admonished to correct all off-beat Charismatics before we may have a voice?