I highly recommend this book to everyone in search of the truth. The issue is not charismatics verses conservatives although some extreme examples are quoted to show where bad theology ultimately leads. The issue with this book is contending for Biblical truth. Some may disagree with Rev. MacArthur but they will have their hands full trying to prove why. Truth needs to judge experience not experience judging truth. This book proves that when we move from objective truth to subjective experience we make ourselves targets for every kind of bondage and perversion.
Thank God for men like John MacAruthur! It is quite rare for evengelicals these days to stand up for the truth, and the Word of God. This book is a must read for Charismatics, and other Christians alike. I was very blind to the herisies that have crept into the church. The Word Faith Movement is very danergeous to the Body of Christ. We need to be like the Bereans who search the scriptures daily to see if these thing are true. (Acts 17:11)
I am a Word Faith Charismatic, and I recommend this book to other word faith charismatics because, it is good for us to consider the critism of our fellow brethern. However, I must point out that this book presents a most incorrect picture of some word faith ministers. Dare I ask this question, should I take John MacArthur's interpretation, and hyper calvinism as solid biblical proof of heresy? As I read this book, I see much is taken out of context, and Rev. MacArthur takes the liberty of interpreting the intention of an entire "movement" by out of context interpretations. In essesence, we Charismatics need to evaluate our "extremes" and our non Charismatic brethern, need to evaluate their own hearts and intentions. I am also cautious of how quickly, non Charismatics, are to "jump on the band wagon" because Rev. MacArthur critisizes some folks. As for proving ministers to be heretics, I have yet to see SOLID proof, and this book is a prime example of one finger pointing at others, while three are pointing back! Critism, isn't reproof. Critism is rooted in the flesh, while reproof is root in the spirit of love. That is my reveiw.
I think MacArthur presents a fair and balanced evaluation of the charismatic movement. He doesn't lump all together in the same group. He allows for those who are truly dedicated to the Lord and His Word by constantly reminding the reader that not all particpate in some of the variant doctrines and actions done. I think this book is a must read for all Christians. It touches on so many different areas including how to interepret the Bible and develop a consistent theology. The chapter titles include: Is experience a valid test of faith?, Does God still give revelation?, Prophets, Fanatics or Heretics?, How should we interpret the Bible?, Does God do miracles today?, What is behind the third wave?, How do spiritual gifts operate?, What was happening in the early church?, Does God still heal?, Is the gift of tongues for today?, What is true Spirituality?, Does God promise health and wealth? As you can see MacArthur tackles the tough questions head on. He evaluates these questions with a solid basis in scripture. A MUST READ!