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Strange Fire

The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship
Narrated by: Maurice England
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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What would God say about those who blatantly misrepresent His Holy Spirit; who exchange true worship for chaotic fits of mindless ecstasy; who replace the biblical gospel with vain illusions of health and wealth; who claim to prophesy in His name yet speak errors; and who sell false hope to desperate people for millions of dollars? The charismatic movement has always been a breeding-ground for scandal, greed, bad doctrine, and all kinds of spiritual chicanery. As a movement, it is clearly headed the wrong direction. And it is growing at an unprecedented rate.

From the Word of Faith to the New Apostolic Reformation, the Charismatic movement is being consumed by the empty promises of the prosperity gospel. Too many charismatic celebrities promote a “Christianity” without Christ, a Holy Spirit without holiness. And their teaching is having a disastrous influence on a grand scale, as large television networks broadcast their heresies to every part of the world.

In Strange Fire, best-selling author and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory history behind the modern Charismatic movement. He lays out a chilling case for rejecting its false prophets, speaking out against their errors, showing true reverence to the Holy Spirit, and above all clinging to the Bible as the inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the one true standard by which all truth claims must be tested.

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  • juan rodriguez
  • 23-08-2017

edifyed!

The Canon of scripture is closed!
no new revelation.. just illumination!
Sola Sciptura!
thank you Jesus for your Word

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-2018

Dowsing Strange Fire with Living Water

Very informative! MacArthur gives the historical basis for the Charismatic Movement i.e. where all these things come from. It’s so clear now that these aberrations are straight from the pit of hell.

The main point that I took away from this is that all these alleged signs and wonders do nothing except detract from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they don’t promote it. To most of these charismatic leaders the gospel is a footnote to appease their critics but what they’re really there to do is to put on a show and a circus for money. Likewise, most people come to see them to see a show and a circus and not to hear the Gospel that they might live.

It’s high time we as Christians take a stand against this blasphemy and wickedness that has infiltrated our churches. It’s everywhere just look anywhere online or on social media. It’s time to earnestly contend for the faith and fight these charlatans and false teachers so people may know the truth!

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  • Daniellien
  • 06-07-2015

It's informative.

I have many friends that have fallen under this devastating deception. I would recommend this book to anyone willing to read it. People need to know how subtly dangerous this deception is. Like the birds in the church it has crept it's way in...deceiving even the elect. I even fell into this deception for a brief time but I asked questions, did my research & God's word lit the way. Always give a reason for the faith that you have. This book contains helpful information about Satan's deception in the church. God's word never fails. God's word never turns up void. This movement discredits many claims in the bible then shrugs it off because of spiritual emotion. It's tragic.

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  • Jpawley
  • 08-05-2015

Go Deep into Your Understanding of the Spirit

What did you love best about Strange Fire?

A fresh look at the role of the Holy Spirit and our relationship with Him.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I would have rather had the story told by the author himself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Only IF i could find the time.

Any additional comments?

Will have to read it in hard copy to make notes and study the text.

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  • kingratt82
  • 25-04-2014

Narration is terrible! Buy the e-book or book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No because of the narration. I would recommend they buy the book and just read it.

Here's the thing: I bought the book and the audiobook. I knew I would like the book because I watched and downloaded the Strange Fire Conference, hosted at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur (the author of the book) is pastor-teacher, and I both enjoyed the conference messages delivered by all of the speakers (including those two by MacArthur), and because I'm in the camp of Reformed Christian Theology and Calvinism. I also believe in cessationism. So, I was predisposed to liking the book, since I enjoyed the conference, agreed with the speakers at it, and am in the same theological "camp." I love the book.

I hate the narration. It's so bad that it's distracting, and I find myself going to the book to read sections of it that I just listened to via audio. I've had to do this so often, I've turned an 11+ hour book into one that is almost 14, and I'm just over halfway through with the audio. I don't know how else to say it, but this guy is not a good narrator: he doesn't read well, he confused several words that dramatically altered the meaning of the sentence ("compromised" in place of "comprised", e.g.), gives accentuation to words in strange places, and at other times is just dry. His narration does not engage me at all, and I think that is telling, because I listen to a lot of audiobooks.

I really wish John MacArthur, who narrated the unabridged version of his own book "Slave," would have read this book. If I wasn't on-the-go so often, I would have given up on the audio version and just read the rest of the book. But I don't have the time, so I'm slugging through the audio version. And this is really too bad, because I love the organized, very thorough, logical way MacArthur presents his arguments.

What other book might you compare Strange Fire to and why?

"Charismatic Chaos," also by John MacArthur.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above paragraph for "Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend?".

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

Great book, horrible narration. Skip the narration and buy the Kindle or hardcopy of this book and read it. You'll be glad you saved yourself an Audible credit, and you'll get 100% more out of the book/e-book than the narration.

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  • Michael
  • 09-02-2014

Christian must read.

Where does Strange Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Second best only to the Bible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Strange Fire?

Hearing the origins and founders of the Charismatic movement.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hearing what the true work of the Holy spirit is.

Any additional comments?

This book is a must read for every Christian.

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  • Ramon P. Noens
  • 10-08-2019

Sober Overview - Pentacostal/Charasmatic Theology

While some will view this work as a direct attack on their faith, I believe it to be an accurate presentation of the foundational presuppositions that underlie what is popularly known in the West as "The Health & Wealth, Prosperity Gospel". While MacArthur is primarily focused on the abhorrent excesses that are common in prosperity churches (I know, I was In one), what is presented in this book is just as applicable for ANY local body of believers to self evaluate their understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I believe this book should challenge all Christians, not only just those that would identify themselves as "Charismatic". Everyone that names the name of Christ can find a challenge within these pages. As a Cessationist This book challenged my own flippancy in how I approach God in worship. I was also reminded that there are people that purposely distort the gospel of Christ for personal gain, and that lead many people astray. and away from the glory of God in Christ.
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  • Joshua David Snell
  • 01-08-2019

Beautiful Clarity

I watched the Strange Fire conference before reading this book and was frustrated by what I heard and thought there was so much wasted potential there to lead and add clarity to the conversation concerning spiritual gifts! So it is with that in mind that I say that if you are acquainted with that conference of the idea of Johnny Mac and his views of Charismatics please read this book!!! If you’re interested in the topic and have no idea who Johnny Mac is then still read this book! This book is beautifully written, deeply biblical, and filled with the truth of God’s word! It is clear and even ends with a powerful open letter to “My Continuationist Friends”! I was challenged in wonderful ways by this book and highly recommend it! As always, John MacArthur is faithful to God’s word! I am thankful for him!

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  • Ree Samuel Medeiros
  • 05-07-2019

wow

changed my whole theology. i need to change churches now. I really do admire how truthful he is in this.

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  • Esdras Nascimento
  • 02-07-2019

It was about time !

It was about time someone addressed the unbiblical doctrines preached by the charismatic movement. #SolaScriptura.

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  • D
  • 12-02-2014

Excellent exposé of an abhorrent movement

What made the experience of listening to Strange Fire the most enjoyable?

I liked Strange Fire because John MacArthur is so clear in his views. They are backed up by scripture references. Personally I feel he makes a mockery of any doctrinal claims of the Prosperity/Word of Faith movement. This is key reading for anybody caught up in these movements or trying to come out of them.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My emotional reaction was sadness that these movements are able to flourish. They dishonour the Holy Spirit, prey on vulnerable people and put off non-Christians to the faith.

Any additional comments?

I would have liked more comment on the area of 'spiritual abuse' in churches.

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  • Birgitta Kigongo
  • 23-04-2017

Genuine desire to know the truth.

A book that will stir up a genuine desire to know the truth. It forces recherch. Not taking the Bible and the teaching of it lightly.