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Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Biblical Unity, Charismatic Movement, Discernment, Preaching, Reformed Theology, Sanctification, The Holy Spirit, Worship | 18 comments

2013 Strange Fire Conference (with John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul,…)




The sons of Aaron…offered strange fire before the LORD…and fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them. — Leviticus 10:1–2
The Lord calls His people to honor Him, to treat Him as holy. Leviticus 10 pictures the consequences of not doing so—of offering to Him strange fire.

For the last hundred years, the charismatic movement has been offering a strange fire of sorts to the third Person of the Godhead—the Holy Spirit. And evangelical churches have chosen to be silent or indifferent on the matter. This hasn’t served the church or the Spirit of the church with honor.

So what should be our response?

Strange Fire is a conference that will set forth what the Bible really says about the Holy Spirit, and how that squares with the charismatic movement. Through keynote speakers and seminars, the conference will expose the dangers of offering strange fire—and what the church can do about it.

The questions about and controversies surrounding the charismatic movement are more than theoretical. Your view of the Holy Spirit influences your relationship with God, your personal holiness, and your commitment to the church and evangelism. And He calls for our worthy worship of Himself. Click here for more information and how to register for this conference.


Optimized-john macarthur (1)John MacArthur
Pastor, Grace Community Church | Sun Valley, California
Bible teacher with Grace to You

R.C. Sproul Image smallR.C. Sproul
Pastor, St. Andrew’s Chapel | Sanford, Florida
Founder and president of Ligonier Ministries


Optimized-mbeweconrad (1)Conrad Mbewe
Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church | Zambia, Africa


Optimized-Lawson (1)Steve Lawson
Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church | Mobile, Alabama


Small image of Phil Johnson of Grace to YouPhil Johnson
Executive Director, Grace to You | Valencia, California



Small image of Nathan Busenitz of The Master's SeminaryNathan Busenitz, The Master’s Seminary | Sun Valley, California



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  1. I can’t wait I went to truth and life and it was soooo good !

    • Wish I could be there, Lori!

  2. I left the first comment…why did you erase it? Donna L.

  3. Sounds like an interesting conference, but I will not be able to attend. I will pray for those attending. Of course in tongues as clearly instructed throughout the New Testament. Thank God for the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit and the gifts He continues to bestow on the body of Christ of works of service.

    • They will probably livestream the conference, so perhaps you can view it online. I will post something on that, Lord willing, later this year.

    • I heard about this conference on local Christian radio. I will be emailing them with a complaint and a recommendation if they condone this conference they must stop playing some of the music they do at this time. I pray the Holy Spirit “messes” these people up at this conference and they finally discover who He is!!

      • Huh?

  4. I believe in the holy, inspired, universal, inerrant, word of God written, canonical scriptures. I therefore believe that Romans 11:29 means it when it says, “The gifts [charismata] AND calling of God are NOT WITHDRAWN.” This appears to be a paraphrase (from the context) of Isa 59:21, the verse quoted as the climax and punch line of the most important speech in Christianity: the Pentecost address by the apostle Peter. It is the BIBLE that commands us to seek the gifts of the Spirit: “Desire earnestly the best gifts, especially that ye may prophesy” (1 Cor 14:1).

    • Hi Jon. Thanks for the comment. Reading Romans 11:29 in the context of Romans chapter 11, specifically the verse that comes before verse 29, “From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers” (Rom. 11:28), “the gifts and calling of God” refer specifically to God’s promises to the nation of Israel regarding their future salvation when Christ returns to set up His millenial kingdom on earth. God’s unilateral promises rooted in His covenant with Abraham will not “be withdrawn.”

      • Thank you for your observation on Rom 11. I would submit, however, that the logic of Paul’s argument is to cite Isa 59:20 (Rom 11:27) as well as the paraphrased 59:21 (11:29) as a *universal divine principle* TO WHICH he appeals for the salvation of the Jews. Certainly you are correct in the context referring to the ultimate salvation of the Jews, BUT the logic of that passage is to *deduce* the salvation of the Jews FROM the universal promise of Isa 59:20-21–Just as Peter did as the “punch line” of arguably the most important speech in Christianity: the Pentecost sermon.

  5. I hope I can make it…it sounds like a winner!

  6. @ Trena – You’re the one who needs the Holy Spirit to wake you up. For a century now, Charismatics have completely messed up the Christian landscape and it’s high time someone rebuked them. The “Spiritual Gifts” have been a BANE in this last century and are an ABOMINATION. I pray this conference is the decisive point that clears up any and all issues about them!

    • WaveRunr- I understand that you are fired up for the truth but I would encourage you as a brother in the Lord to be careful how you talk about the charismatic church in general…Not all charismatics are the same…C.J. Mahaney hasn’t messed up the christian landscape, neither has John Piper and countless others…Let speech be seasoned with salt and please think before you type…By your reaction you are simply justifying the rigid grumpy view that so many Christians have of the cessationist camp. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience are fruits of the Spirit that we must exemplify no matter what side we land on in our theology! May the Lord continue to bless everyone who has made comments in this section…
      -Doulos Eddie

  7. Eddie as much as I would love to agree, I can’t. I see no benefit in joining the Charismatic Movement nor any benefit that it has given the church. What I do see is confusion, insecurity, and a disregard for in depth study of the Bible not to mention that the Charismatic Movement has only been around for a 100 years (the catalyst was in Azusa in the the year 1906) whereas the cessation view has been around since antiquity. I feel that the cessation view makes the most sense and is correct for a few reasons but most importantly because it eliminates confusion (no matter how you slice it, “spiritual gifts” are confusing) and upholds the Gospel as the supreme gift of the Holy Spirit. How is that a bad thing?

    • I would encourage you to check out J. Ruthven’s *On the Cessation of the Charismata* rev ed. 2011 on Amazon. I agree that the cessationist position “has been around since antiquity.” Against the mainstream orthodox Christians, however,who held that “the gift of prophecy shall continue in all the Church until the end,” heretic groups like the Montanists, Manicheans, Arians, Gnostics, and the Pseudo-Clementine tradition claimed that the charismata would cease with them! G. S. Shogren, “How Did They Suppose ‘The Perfect” Would Come: 1 Corinthians 13:8–12 in Patristic Exegesis,” JPT 15 (1999), 99–121.

  8. I will be praying for you all. Pray the Holy Spirit shows up. Pray love overtakes you all.

  9. Sounds like an interesting read. Regardless though I just don’t see the need. Scripture and prayer is all anyone ever needed before the Gifts reappeared and they were pretty solid. It just makes no sense why now in the 21st Century, we need more.


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