Piper Addresses Strange Fire and Charismatic Chaos
One month ago, John MacArthur hosted a conference titled “Strange Fire.” The conference opposed the so-called “prosperity gospel” and with it the excesses of “charismania.” But somewhere along the way all things charismatic and continuationist got swept up into the conference conversation, too, igniting a strange online conflagration of its own.
The conversation prompted a variety of questions from listeners of the Ask Pastor John podcast. Before boarding a flight for the Middle East, John Piper agreed to field a few of the questions, particularly:
- If you’re a continuationist (believing the supernatural gifts of the Spirit continue still today), why doesn’t this show up more often in your ministry?
- Why do you not seem persuaded enough to advocate that others pursue the gifts of tongues and prophecy today?
- How do you define contemporary prophecy?
- Are there charismatic abuses that need to be addressed?
Open, Cautious, or Advocate?