I absolutely love John MacArthur as an expositional teacher of scripture. Many of his books have grounded me in solid exegisis and forwarded my quest toward hermeneutical integrity. I am indebted to the man and even enjoy his courageous criticism of the whacked out “charismania” that frequently accompanies the revivalism propagated by many extremist today.
That said, his cessationism toward supernatural gifts has effected a fierce attack of all things spiritual and exposes an unbiblical-uncharitable charis-phobia.
Michael Brown however speaks with both charity and clarity. May I kindly recommend his entire critique of MacArthur.
John MacArthur: “Can I be very straightforward with you? It is an offense to our rational, truth-revealing God, it is an offense to the true work of His Son, it is an offense to the true work of the Holy Spirit to use the names of God or of Christ or of the Holy Spirit in any mindless, emotional orgy marked by irrational, sensual and fleshly behavior produced by altered states of consciousness, peer pressure, heightened expectation or suggestibility.”
Michael Brown: “I too reject many abuses in the charismatic movement—including our flesh-exalting personality cults; our carnal prosperity message; our manifestation mania; our superficial sensationalism; our mindless gullibility; our cheapening of the word “apostolic”; our constant fascination with the latest trend—but I recognize these as part of the dirty bathwater to be thrown out rather than the precious baby to be nurtured.
The truth is that the same Word that calls us to test all things and hold fast to the good (1 Thess. 5:21) is the same Word that calls us not to quench the Spirit (1 Thess. 5:19).”