Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s book-length response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Because of the importance of this debate, TheCripplegate is using every Thursday to respond chapter-by-chapter to Authentic Fire. You can find an overview of this debate, as well as links to the reviews for each chapter by clicking here.
Moving Forward After Strange Fire
I come to Michael Brown’s final chapter of Authentic Fire. Here is where he wraps up what he has been saying throughout his book, as well as provides his concluding words of exhortation as to what we, his readers, should take away from the Strange Fire conference.
He begins by laying out four reasons why the Strange Fire conference and the published book will be significant.
To summarize those reasons [AF, 309-310]:
1. Strange Fire will be a negative landmark in the increasing minority position of cessationism.
2. More believers will study afresh the Scriptures and see that continuationism is true. In other words, Strange Fire will backfire!
3. Pentecostals and charismatics who previously had no connection to each other will be united, along with non-hostile cessationists connecting with non-crazy charismatics and working together for God’s kingdom.
4. Charismatics will look more seriously at some of their more glaring errors both doctrinally and morally.
Brown then concludes the remainder of his chapter with three challenges to those Christians sympathetic to the Strange Fire message. Continue Reading…