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Strange Fire Audiobook

Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Thomas Nelson (P)2013 Thomas Nelson

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    D Belfast, United Kingdom 12/02/2014
    D Belfast, United Kingdom 12/02/2014
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Birgitta Kigongo 23/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • kingratt82
    Fortuna, California, USA
    25/04/14
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    "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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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?

    N/A


    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    06/07/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jpawley
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States
    08/05/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    MIAMI, FLORIDA, United States
    09/02/14
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    "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.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/07/17
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    "Real eye opener"

    This really opened my eyes to things I questioned with past church experiences. if you are truly serious about your walk. you need to check this out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ernest P. Clover
    BELLEVILLE, MI, US
    22/06/17
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    "Great work for those who seek!"

    This book will give the serious Christian a lot to pray, think, and discuss with friends about.

    I really appreciate that Pastor MacArthur doesn't shy away from the hard conversations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All for Christ
    19/06/17
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    "Difficult pill to swallow if..."

    are Pentecostal. But definitely a must read. Always use the bible to back up what it says. I enjoyed everything about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Nappanee, IN, USA
    09/06/17
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    "Great teaching on the TRUTH of the Holy Spirit."

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:10-18, null)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Alawine
    31/05/17
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    "Great book!"

    MacArthur does a thorough job. A must read for those curious about the Charismatic movement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EFloyd
    23/04/17
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    "Great Book"

    John exposes the errors in the charismatic church with the truth of Scripture. I am so thankful for his pastor's heart to warn of error and stand for truth no matter how unpopular it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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