Dr. MacArthur lovingly, yet honestly and candidly, responds to the theological and practical questions raised due to the explosion of Charismatic doctrines and practices within our churches. Those who read will be called to the testimony of scripture to see if we can find any biblical support for the framework of Charismatic theology. MacArthur also reveals the darkness found in the "Word of Faith" movement, and its relationship to metaphysical cults. This book is a much needed read, especially for those of us that seek to understand Charismatics. While he has no desire to discredit the ministries of clear thinking Charismatic brothers that are orthodox in doctrine, MacArthur looks at this young movement within the Church, points out the dangers of it, and examines it in the light of scripture.
Even though this book is over 16 years old, I feel it is still relevant for today. It really shows you what was going on 16 years ago in the word of faith movement and how much of what you hear today on so-called Christian TV has it's roots grounded in past errors. At this price I bought 2 books; one for me and one to give to others who are looking for the truth.
MacArthur does a great job at bringing biblical truths to light, and how Scripture backs up/defends what he teaches. The chapter on Tongues really helped me understand how I was misled in the past, I now know tongues ceased.
In Charismatic Chaos, MacArthur examines the well-known traits of the Charismatic movement (like tongues, healing, prophecy, miracles, and a long chapter on the Word Faith movement), placing each under the microscope of Scripture. While not denying the sovereign right of God to bestow supernatural gifts on whomever He chooses at any time, MacArthur demonstrates how even during biblical times, miracles and healings were not the norm, but basically neon signs designed to get mans attention to new and important revelations which would become Scripture (as happened with Elijah and the prophets). The Bible, not the fantastic claims of a guy in a suit, are to be the guiding principles of the Christian life.Those who accuse MacArthur of taking TBN teachers out of context ignore the fact that he uses their own words, transcribed from their own TV shows. When Paul Crouch said, I am a little god! Critics begone!, I found it difficult to find another meaning in that statement. Unfortunately, most charismatic churches accept whatever these teachers say without question, and indeed, how can they not? Once Scripture can be explained away, it is like trying to design the Golden Gate Bridge without being sure that two plus two equals four. This is MacArthurs most damning indictment of the charismatic movement its total failure to honor the Scripture above the teachings of men.My usual complaint about MacArthur is his tendency not to use the best arguments to defend his critical points a la his Revelation 22 argument for the closed canon of Scripture but the substance of his message always stays on course. Love him or hate him, he always tells you exactly what he thinks and why.