In the wake of John MacArthur’s recent conference, “Strange Fire”, examining the Charismatic movement popular Charismatic leader Michael Brown hosted an interview with Phil Johnson regarding some the issues raised by the conference. Phil Johnson is longtime editor and colleague of John MacArthur. I listened with great interest. At one point (16:36) Brown plays a clip from the conference where MacArthur makes the following statement:
“It is to me a striking anomaly however that there is essentially zero social benefit to the world from the Charismatic movement. Where is the Charismatic hospital? Where are the Charismatic social services? Where are people coming together to relieve poverty?”
Brown responds to Johnson saying that he would personally take him to the hospitals and orphanages and other relief agencies. Brown asks Johnson to simply affirm that this is a misinformed statement and that MacArthur should apologize to Charismatics around the globe. Johnson replies that he agrees with MacArthur. I have to say on this issue I think Brown has a valid point. I’m about half way through MacArthur’s forthcoming book by the same title as the conference. Because it is only an advance reading copy I will wait till the book is offically released before making any comments.