Chapter 7 Summary (I’ve numbered things to make responding easier to follow)
1. Dr. Brown opens the chapter with a story about James Robison and how he used to be judgmental, until Billy Graham told him to “spend time with other believers you’ve been taught to avoid” (Kindle Location 3482), which transformed him and those whom he reached out to. Dr. Brown makes the subtle insinuation that John MacArthur avoids other believers because he doesn’t think they are other believers. Dr. Brown then quotes himself in saying that Heaven will be “a great eye-opener and a great mouth-closer. You will be surprised to see many people there, and many people will be surprised to see you there” (Kindle Locations 3486-3487), and comments about how people like Bill Johnson and Mike Bickle get condemned by some and praised by others.
Dr. Brown proves that MacArthur doesn’t believe charismatics are believers by pointing to this now infamous tweet:
"We're not trying to divide the body of Christ with this conference. We're trying to identify the body of Christ." #StrangeFire
— John MacArthur (@johnmacarthur) October 17, 2013
2. Dr. Brown continues on in the next section, pointing out how the “wholesale condemnation of several hundred millions Christians is totally unmerited” (Kindle Location 3504) and comments on how it’s not exactly the first time in Church history that such angry divisions have occurred, and then gives this post by Tom Chantry as an example of “how unpleasant the rhetoric can get once we start damning one another to hell” (Kindle Locations 3506-3507). Dr. Brown quotes Chantry as saying:
“Well, if John MacArthur wants to train his fire on them [meaning, the charismatics], I say good for him. CAIR [the Counsel on American-Islamic Relationships] may not actually be terrorists , but I’m all for exposing their giving of aid and comfort to terrorists.” (Kindle Locations 3507-3509). Continue Reading…