Pastor John MacArthur's newest book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit With Counterfeit Worship, scheduled for release next month, will most likely do little to douse any of the controversy unleashed during his criticism of the Charismatic Movement at his recent conference of the same name.
The Christian Post received an advance copy of the book, and passages and quotes from it can be read below.
MacArthur argued at the Strange Fire Conference held at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. on Oct. 16-18 that Pentecostal-influenced preachers like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen are advancing a prosperity gospel that is "spirit-centered" when it should be Christ-centered, as well as other controversial remarks. more >>
The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has released a new book, The Duck Commander Devotional, that includes 365-days of scriptures, short stories and personal prayers from the whole family, including show favorites Godwin, Martin and Mountain Man.
Alan Robertson, the eldest son of Phil and Miss Kay, and his wife, Lisa, spoke to CBN's Terry Meeuwsen of "The 700 Club," about the book, and his life growing up poor and with a father who had turned away from the Lord and kicked his wife and sons out of the house. Alan had to grow up fast to help raise his younger brothers; but after his father was saved through Jesus Christ and reunited with his family, Alan started to rebel and was subsequently kicked out of the house by his parents.
Even though he was going to church and attending youth group, Alan said that by 14, he "just got darkened on the inside," as satan had concluded that he lost his battle with Phil, and decided to move to on to his son. He said that Phil and Miss Kay did their best to get him back on the right track and to set a good example for his younger brothers. But following his high school graduation he was determined to defy his parents, and so they kicked him out of the house. more >>
While many may find spiritual edification or profound religious messages in the pages of former Director of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives Joshua DuBois' recently released book about his daily devotionals for President Obama, one church-state watchdog group has expressed concern.
DuBois recently had a book published titled The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, has taken issue with the possibility that DuBois wrote the devotional while "on the clock" at the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. more >>
When prominent theologian John MacArthur set off a heated debate in the Christian community about his unfavorable view of the Charismatic movement during his Strange Fire Conference last week at his church, some might have wondered what exactly is the Charismatic movement?
MacArthur went so far as to accuse the movement of offering God "unacceptable worship" that "blasphemes the Holy Spirit."
Below readers can get a primer on Pentecostals and Charismatics, who are estimated to number up to nearly a billion people who can be classified as being a part of or having been influenced by this movement within the Christian community. more >>
"It's not about how you start, it's how you finish," writes Christian rock/rap artist Manafest, who knows what it is to work hard for something having gone through his entire life as an underdog from a young age. Now, after a string of successful albums, world tours, and the gift to be able to share the story of his God transformed life; Manafest shows you what it is like to be a "Fighter."
"Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams," chronicles the journey of Christopher Greenwood as a young boy in Canada before becoming a well known artist. His father committed suicide when he was just 5-years-old leaving him to be raised by a single mother who did her best to provide for him.
Always having a background in church, Greenwood was able to stay pretty grounded because of this and the few well placed mentors in his life to get him by. more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham and Ruth Graham, recently published his latest book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World. He spoke with The Christian Post about his message in the book and how God's grace has played out in his own life. Here are some quotes from Tchividjian from his discussion with CP.
The theme of his book, One Way Love
"It's a book about grace, specifically God's grace, and the radical nature of God's grace and how that grace transforms our relationships on the ground, how it transforms our perspective on life, on work. It's really sort of an exposition on God's one way love, which is my definition for grace, and not only how that sets us free in terms of our need to somehow perform for God to get him to love us. But It also sets us free here on the ground of everyday life. So many of us are so tired because we're trying our best to secure love and meaning and approval and acceptance and those sorts of things though our work, through our children, through our relationships, whatever. When we come to terms with the fact that before God we are, because of what Jesus has done, forever loved, forever approved, forever accepted, our meaning worth value, security all of those things has been secured by Jesus and given to us, that sets us free on the ground of life to live without needing to get from people, so now you're free to give to people." more >>