Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire

Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire

by Michael L. Brown PhD
Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire

Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire

by Michael L. Brown PhD


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In response to Pastor John MacArthur’s call for a “collective war,” against charismatics, Dr. Michael Brown has called for unity in Jesus based on a return to the truth of the Scriptures in the fullness of the Spirit.

As a charismatic biblical scholar and theologian, Dr. Brown responds to Pastor MacArthur’s charges, making a biblical case for the continuation of the New Testament gifts of the Spirit and demonstrating the unique contribution to missions, theology, and worship made by the charismatic Church worldwide. He calls for an appreciation of the unique strengths and weaknesses of both cessationists and charismatics, inviting readers to experience God afresh, and he demonstrates how charismatic leaders have been addressing abuses within their own movement for decades.

Dr. Brown speaks on behalf of millions who are not adequately trained to express in writing their own encounters with the supernatural power of God. - David Ravenhill

I thank God for this biblically-robust, pastorally-sensitive, historicallyinformed, and graciously-articulated account of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church of Jesus Christ. - Sam Storms

Dr. Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire puts the brakes on John MacArthur’s crusade against charismatics with irrefutable logic, extraordinary insight, Christ-like graciousness, and an undisputable handling of Scripture. - Frank Viola

Michael Brown writes with clarity and courtesy as he confronts one of the most explosive issues among all those who uphold the Bible as the plumb line of truth. - David Shibley

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629984551
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Edition description: First
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael L. Brown (Ph. D., New York University) is founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry and host of the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show the Line of Fire. He is a published Old Testament and Semitic scholar and a leading Messianic Jewish apologist. He has written 25 books, including Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Movement.

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 A "Collective War" Against Charismatics 1

2 Rejecting the Strange Fire, Embracing the Authentic Fire 11

3 A Great Big Blind Spot 47

4 The Genetic Fallacy and the Error of Guilt By Association 81

5 Testing the Spirits: Another Look at the Evidence 121

6 Sola Scriptura and Therefore Charismatic 161

7 Shall We Burn One Another at the Stake? 223

8 Spirit and Truth, Right Brain and Left Brain 249

9 A God to be Experienced 269

10 Moving Forward After Strange Fire 307


A The Ongoing Evidence of Miracles, with Thoughts on African Charismatic Christianity Craig S. Keener 335

B Why NT Prophecy Does NOT Result in "Scripture-quality" Revelatory Words (A Response to the Most Frequently Cited Cessationist Argument against the Contemporary Validity of Spiritual Gifts) Sam Storms 377

C Did the Authentic Fire Cease in the First Century? A Re-sponse to Tom Pennington's, "A Case for Cessationism" Steven S. Alt 393

D A Missions Perspective on Charisraatics and Cessationists David Shibley 415

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