I’m probably a little late on this. Most of the other bloggers have already wrote about this & have happily moved on to something else. But for whatever reason tonight I can’t get this out of my head & I feel compelled to write.
But in case you haven’t heard on Sunday, August 16th a man approached John MacAthur during his Sunday sermon at his Grace Community Church, claiming to be a prophet of God, & calling MacArthur to repent for his teaching on cessationism.
Here’s the video of what took place:
John MacArthur is a cessationist, meaning, that he believes that gifts of the Holy Spirit were temporary & that they died with the apostles. Those gifts are listed in I Corinthians 12:7-11, and they are: Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, speaking in tongues, & interpreting tongues. He believes & teaches that any of these manifestations today that happen are nothing more than either emotional or demonic experiences.
In his message titled, “The Modern Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit,” John MacArthur says,
“Mostly this comes in the professing church from Pentecostals and Charismatics who feel they have free license to abuse the Holy Spirit and even blaspheme His holy name. And they do it constantly.
How do they do it? By attributing to the Holy Spirit words that He didn’t say, deeds that He didn’t do, and experiences that He didn’t produce, attributing to the Holy Spirit that which is not the work of the Holy Spirit. Endless human experiences, emotional experiences, bizarre experiences and demonic experiences are said to come from the Holy Spirit…visions, revelations, voices from heaven, messages from the Spirit through transcendental means, dreams, speaking in tongues, prophecies, out of body experiences, trips to heaven, anointings, miracles. All false, all lies, all deceptions attributed falsely to the Holy Spirit . . .”
John MacArthur’s view on blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is totally wrong & it’s totally twisted. His view is that anyone who attributes words, deeds, or experiences to the Holy Spirit that the Holy Spirit didn’t say, do, or produce is doing the unforgivable sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. John MacArthur claims that anyone who operates in the gifts of the Spirit, today, is doing either by demonic influence or emotional influence, and attributing those experiences to the Holy Spirit is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. That is NOT what scripture teaches!
In Mark 3:20-30 we read where Jesus addresses blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. In this passage of scripture some teachers of religious law from Jerusalem showed up & claimed that Jesus was possessed by Satan & that is where Jesus gets His power to cast out demons. Jesus warns them in verses 28-30,
“28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to Satan. It is giving Satan credit for the work that the Holy Spirit did/does. It is not, as John MacArthur teaches, attributing the works of Satan to the Holy Spirit, or giving the Holy Spirit credit for the work that Satan does. John MacArthur has took the very words of our Lord & twisted them so that he, himself, can blaspheme the Holy Spirit by saying that the gifts of the Spirit manifested today are done by demonic influence!
Now, ladies & gentlemen, I will admit that there is a lot of things that happen in the Charismatic movement that I have seen, heard, & experienced that is not of God. I have witnessed people do goofy things like claim they seen gold dust fall from the ceiling, act like they are drinking & being “drunk in the spirit.” I have seen people claim that there was demon living in a picture hanging on the wall of a church!
I have seen my share of false prophets & false teachers in the Charismatic movement. I have seen some real fakes. I am not here to defend them or any of this non-sense going on, nor would I. I stand opposed to that & I stand opposed to those pastors, preachers, teachers, & evangelist that let it go on in their churches & in their meetings. And just as I am exposing John MacArthur I would also expose Todd Bentley, Bill Johnson, Benny Hinn, Rick Joyner, & any other counterfeit preacher, teacher, or prophet.
But I also have seen & heard REAL tongues, interpretation of tongues, & the prophetic take place. I have seen people been given an accurate words of knowledge, words of wisdom, & have seen healings & miracles take place that can’t be explained by medicine or science. I know that the authentic gifts of the spirit are still in the church, today! And I will defend that until Christ calls me home!
Yet, on the flip side of all of that there are cessasionist out there like John MacArthur who absolutely don’t believe in any of that. They believe that all of these manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit done today are done by devils. They believe that right here in 2015 that demons & devils have more power on this earth than what the Holy Spirit does. Does anyone else see the blasphemy in that?
Another thing that John MacArthur teaches is that divine revelation from God ceased with the writing of the Book of Revelation. If that’s the case who told John MacArthur that the gifts of the Spirit ceased with the death of the apostles & are not for today? Because that teaching is simply isn’t in the Bible!
The Bible does say that there is a day coming when the gifts of the Spirit will cease. I Corinthians 13:8-9 says,
“8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.“
The Greek word used here for “is come” in verse 10 is the word, “erchomai,” which means, “To come; of persons; to come from one place to another, and used both of persons arriving and of those returning; to appear, make one’s appearance, come before the public.”
That which is perfect is set to appear, who is returning, who in the twinkling of an eye is going to make a glorious appearing! It is non other than Jesus Christ! His return is soon! And according to scripture the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be done away with when Jesus Christ returns, and according to II Thessalonians 2:6 at that time the Holy Spirit is removed from the Earth along with the Church so that the man of lawlessness, the Anti-Christ, can be revealed.
John MacArthur is not getting his revelations from God. He is twisting, manipulating, & adding things to scripture that just aren’t there.
As a matter of fact the Book of Revelations has something to say about adding things to scripture. Revelation 22:18 says,
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”
Has John MacArthur added anything to the book of Revelation?
On September 24th, 1980, John MacArthur had a question/answer session at his church. You can find the audio & the transcript from that session on his website. Here is one of the questions followed by John’s answer:
QUESTIONER: Oh, my question is in regard to the latter half of the Tribulation period, when…when men will be required to have the mark of the beast in order to buy or sell. My question is once the person takes the mark, is there possibility of Him coming to Christ?
JOHN: Yes, I think, you know, in the seven-year Tribulation coming in the future, we’re gonna get into this, so probably a week from Sunday night, maybe this Sunday night, maybe a week, I’m not sure. But the Tribulation is a seven-year period, right? The Rapture of the church, seven-year Tribulation, then Christ returns, sets up His Kingdom. Now, in that seven-year period, really two things happen. God begins to judge the world in…with a series of holocausts; and, at the same time, He begins to redeem His people Israel; and in the process of this, the antichrist establishes his rule; and in order to function in the economy of the antichrist, you have to take the mark of the beast. The mark being the number of a man, Revelation 13, 666. Six is the number of man, right? Seven is the number of perfection, and man always falls short of perfection, 666, always sixes, never seven. So the number man, and apparently what’s gonna happen, you take the mark on your hand or on your forehead; and we’ve talked a lot about that, you know, that…that that’s kind of the computer situation. We’re now moving fast toward the time when we’re going to have to do everything we do by cards and by numbers and all of that, and those number…the thing about a card that’s a problem is you lose it, and they’ve already devised systems to put the number on your hand and on your forehead, and you go through a scanner and, you know, that’s how you buy and sell. It’s automatically deducted from your bank account.
Now, the question is, if you’re living in the Tribulation period, and you take this mark, in other words, you identify with the beast’s empire, will you still be able to be redeemed? And I think the answer to that is yes. Yes, otherwise there would be no salvation of anybody in the end of the Tribulation; and you’ve got to have the salvation of folks in the end of the Tribulation. You’re gonna have the Jews redeemed. You’re gonna have, according to Revelation chapter 7, “An innumerable number of Gentiles redeemed, so many they can’t even be counted across the face of the earth.” So I don’t think the fact that someone takes that is a sentence to…to permanency anymore than you being a part of this world system once in your life means you have to be a part of the system all your life. Well, especially when 144,000 don’t start their ministry till the second half.
Did you read that, folks? John MacArthur was asked, “Will people who take the mark of the beast during the tribulation period be redeemed by coming to Christ?” And John MacArthur’s answer was, “Yes, they will!”
What does the book of Revelation have to say about that?
“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Rev. 14:9-11)
“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:4)
John MacArthur’s teaching is false. It’s not only false, but it’s damning. He’s telling people that if they take the mark of the beast that they can be redeemed. You can see for yourself right there that his teaching & preaching are setting people up for eternal damnation!
This man blasphemes the Holy Spirit. This man manipulates & twist scripture. This man believes that demons & devils have more power & influence on this earth than what the Holy Spirit does. He believes that the very same God who spoke creation into existence is silent & powerless today. He teaches others to be cessationist & to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. And if that isn’t enough this man blatantly lies to people about the mark of the beast! His teachings are literally sending people who love Jesus to their eternal spiritual death! (See Matthew 7:21-23 if you don’t believe that’s possible!)
Ladies & gentleman, John MacArthur is considered to be one of the very best Bible teachers out there. He is considered by many to be a world class theologian. But if you want to see one of the most powerful false teachers out there in the world today than look no farther than John MacArthur.
Folks, I rest my case. I’ve presented my evidence. Now it’s up to you to decide on what you will do with this information from here.
However, if you follow this man & his teachings then I beg you with everything that is within me, with all of the love that’s within my heart: STOP FOLLOWING THIS MAN NOW!!!!! Repent!!! Turn away from him!!! He is leading you astray!!! Find yourself another Bible teacher to follow!!! This man preaches a false, counterfeit gospel!!!
And if you know of anyone who is following John MacArthur I encourage you to share with them this blog! This man’s teachings are deadly, dangerous, & will send them to hell if they continue to follow them! Let them know!