This strange fire poses a danger to your home
The sons of Aaron…offered strange fire before the LORD…and fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them.
In case you've missed the buzz, the announced 2013 Truth Matters Bible Conference has been stirring the hornet's nest.
John MacArthur contended for years against the charismatic chaos erupting in Evangelical circles. Now, prior to the release of his new updated book on the subject, Strange Fire, his church will host a conference by the same name that exposes the present dangers of the movement.
Obviously controversial, this challenging conference will call us to consider whether our worship finds its grounding in Scripture, or in the experiences and traditions of men. MacArthur anticipates criticism by answering whether his questioning something that benefits others is a loving act:
Here's the release:
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.
We want you to join us for Strange Fire. It really is for everyone—especially if you’re working through these issues with a friend, your family, or your church. Space is limited, register today.
- Strange Fire is a Truth Matters conference, sponsored by Grace to You.
- The conference will be held at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.
- Early-bird rate of $79 ($129 per household) is good through April 30, 2013.
John MacArthurJohn is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and the Bible teacher for Grace to You. John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. He is also the president of The Master’s College and Seminary. John and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.
Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries in Orlando, Florida, and can be heard daily on the radio broadcast "Renewing Your Mind." He is co-pastor at Saint Andrews Chapel, as well as president of Reformation Bible College and Ligonier Academy. Dr. Sproul has written more than 50 books, including The Holiness of God, Loved by God, Chosen by God, and Grace Unknown, and he has authored scores of magazine articles for evangelical publications. In addition, he has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries. He and his wife, Vesta, have two children.
Conrad Mbewe has been the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa, since 1987. He is a frequent conference speaker throughout Africa and around the world. He has written Maintaining Sexual Purity and Foundations for the Flock, and contributed to a number of other books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry. He is also the editor of Reformation Zambia magazine, and he writes a column for a Zambian national weekly newspaper as well as his own blog, called A Letter from Kabwata. Conrad and his wife, Felistas, have six children.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. He is the author of numerous books, including Pillars of Grace, Foundations of Grace, The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, and The Expository Genius of John Calvin. He is a teaching fellow with Ligonier Ministries and a visiting professor at the Ligonier Academy, The Master’s Seminary, and Samara Theological Seminary in Russia. Steve and his wife, Anne, have three sons and a daughter.
Phil is the executive director of Grace to You. He has been closely associated with John MacArthur since 1981 and edits most of John’s major books. Phil also maintains several popular websites, including The Spurgeon Archive, The Hall of Church History, and the Pyromaniacs blog. He is an ordained elder and pastor at Grace Community Church. Phil and his wife, Darlene, have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Nathan serves on the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church and teaches historical theology at The Master’s Seminary. He has written or edited a number of books, including Living a Life of Hope, Reasons We Believe, and Men of the Word. He is also a regular contributor to Pulpit Magazine and the Cripplegate blog. Nathan and his wife, Beth, have four young children.
Todd studied to be a pastor only to discover he was not actually saved. Presently he is the host of the syndicated daily radio program, Wretched Radio. Todd is also the host of Wretched TV, available in 80 million American households. Todd has produced the following DVDs or audio lessons: Drive-By Theology, Drive-By Church History, Drive-By Marriage and Parenting, What Hath Darwin Wrought?, On the Shoulders of Giants, Herman Who?, It’s Not Greek to Me, Drive-By Pneumatology, Drive-By Discernment, Terrified, and Decisions Decisions. Todd has one wife, three kids, and a dog.
If this sounds like a conference worth attending, and I believe it is, head over to the registration page to secure your spot today.