Grace to You

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We’re looking at Romans chapter 8…Romans chapter 8 and we are talking about living in the Spirit, living in the Holy Spirit. For those of you who haven’t been with us for the previous nine weeks that we have discussed this, this is message number ten. I don’t know about you but it’s going fast for me and we’re having a wonderful time in the preparation of these messages. But the goal of this and the objective of this series in Romans 8 is to help you understand the true ministry of the Holy Spirit in a time when in evangelical Christian world, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is misunderstood and misrepresented. That is largely the legacy of the Pentecostal Charismatic Movement which is kind of a third force in Christianity. There’s Roman Catholicism, Protestantism and Pentecostalism, those are the three sort of forces and obviously we understand the errors in Roman Catholicism, that’s why Protestantism exists because it was a protest against their errors. But we haven’t made the protest yet as we should have made the protest against the Pentecostal aberrations of Scripture and I’ve been endeavoring to carry on a rather small protest for many years, years ago writing a book called The Charismatics, following it up with a book called Charismatic Chaos, many of you have read that second book. It’s still around even today and hopefully helping people who are caught up in that Movement and its doctrinal deception.

So what we have tried to do in this little series is to bring the Holy Spirit into the light of the Scripture and getting Him out of the shadows of the Pentecostal misrepresentations. To be able to know the truth about the Holy Spirit is to be able to worship God properly. God is supposed to be worshiped for who He is and for what He has done in full Trinitarian expression. We are to worship the Father, truly the Son, truly…and the Spirit truly and we are to worship in Spirit and in truth. The right understanding of the Holy Spirit is essential.

It is a strange paradox that the Pentecostal Charismatic Movement claims to be the Movement of the Holy Spirit and it is the one most guilty of misrepresenting who He is and what He does. It’s almost as if they think if they just keep talking about the Holy Spirit, people will be convinced that they do possess the power of the Holy Spirit when, in fact, we call that into question because of the doctrinal deviations that are so much a part of that Movement that really define it. And most of them have to do with the Holy Spirit, although they’re not limited to that. There are deviations in that Movement on the doctrine of Scripture, or the Doctrine of Divine Revelation, that is no small issue. They are convinced that God is still revealing Himself, God is still speaking, giving visions, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, revelation to people is still going on and that calls into question the singularity of Holy Scripture and brings into our minds the warning at the end of the book of Revelation, “If anything is added to this book, shall be added to the ones who do that addition the plagues that are written in it. Confusing divine revelation is a serious error and that is rampant in that Movement....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org

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