I’m still reading John MacArthur’s Charismatic Chaos, and find it a wonderfully written explanation of what has been happening in the church’s sliding down the slippery slope of a “spiritual-free-for-all”.
A longing for something new and esoteric has replaced historic Christianity’s settled confidence in the Word of God–and that is an invitation to Satan’s counterfeit. Confusion, error, and even satanic deception are the inescapable results. – John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos
The Bible is a record of what the Lord has left for us to find our way as Christians, and that by reading it our minds will be renewed. We hold his Word dear to our hearts because we know our lives need his Word to bring us in close communication with God. They are his words. They should not be added to or taken away from.
Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. – Proverbs 30:6
The Bible was given to us so that we know who Jesus was, what he taught, and what he expects of us as Christians to know and what we should behave like. The Bible tells us how the world started, who God is, and how the world will end as well as what will happen to Christians after we die.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. – Matthew 24:35
Nowhere are we taught that we should hear the words of the Lord while we are on the earth today because further instruction is not needed. We know God through his Word and communicate to him in our prayers and expressions of gratitude and love for him.
As John MacArthur wrote;
Charismatics have abandoned the uniqueness of Scripture as the only Word of God, and the result if a spiritual free-for-all.
The church has become a watered-down free-for-all where all people are welcome, yet none are saved. They only want the experience and to pretend that they know and love God. But do they really?