Just finished the book. After which I read all the reviews. I am in a couple of Bible studies in which the "continuation" issue has just started to raise it's ugly head, this being by fellow brothers whom I respect and admire. I began a deep research into the issue a few months ago (scripturally) and read a few articles, pamphlets, etc. to try to settle my unease. This book has helped me to do that. I am a sola guy, so everything must be measured against scripture. The totality of scripture. Not individual verses ripped out of context. I have never read MacArthur before. Not one single book. I was completely taken in by the authors ability to follow scripture to it's logical ends. As noted by some reviews, the tone can be a little harsh at times and I hope the author will take that into account in his next endeavor. But, the points made were Biblically correct if semantically abrasive. The biggest point out of the book that makes the most sense out of the state of evangelical Christianity today is that faith is now experiencial------ and that lead to all kinds of dangers. I can do acid and feel really close to God. Walk in His garden. Talk to Him, for real. But does that make it from the Spirit. NO!!!!!!!!!!! Experience has no relationship to TRUTH. If nothing else, MacArthurs beginning of the book, to encourage everyone to read it and generate their opinions base on Scripture, and Scripture alone, was worth the read. SOLA SCRIPTURA. That and nothing else.
J.Mac, has done a wonderful Job of Pointing out the errors of the Charismatic Movement, this book should be required reading for anyone going into ministry, it answers question that are bound to come up in most Churches sooner or later.
I rate this book as poor, because the information is not bibical correct. The scriptures given are total twisted around to fit the author's ideal's. This book is totally mis-leading. I was greatly disappointed in the book since I know the author is well know for his writing. His take on this book was totally incorrect and damaging.
General message is something I agree with. There is fraud and deception within the modern Charismatic Movement and Christians need to evaluate what is presented with what God says in the Bible.
Viewpoint is something I don't entirely agree with. I'm not a cessationist like MacArthur is. Does that make me right and him wrong, no. It just means I think spiritual gifts like prophecy and healing still happen. The biggest thing is, you HAVE to go back to what the Bible says. There are people in Muslim countries who say that Jesus came to them in a dream and said "I am who you are looking for" and they became Christians. I'm sorry but Satan wouldn't point people to God that way. So, I believe that dreams and visions and miraculous healings can still happen and have value. You just have to be really careful and evaluate everything based on Scripture.
It was really hard to check a box for "Would I recommend this book" because I would, but at the same time I wouldn't. I really do think the general message has value. But I don't think it will be beneficial to everyone, especially those who take writings from pastors as 100% truth. If that makes sense.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.