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IN THIS ISSUE

Vinson Synan Respond's to John MacArthur's Strange Fire


Churches Begin Global Conversation on Painful, Divisive Issue of Mission, Proselytism Read more

Whitestone Country Inn Offers Rest, Refreshment for Ministers, Missionaries Read more


Prayer & Evangelism Read more

PCCNA 2015 Meeting: Lost in The City Read more 

Left Behind in Movie Theaters Read more

Encounter 2015 Read more

Jerusalem 2015 Read more

Operation Christmas Child Kits Available for Churches Read more

Tell Us Your Miracle Story Read more
VinsonSynanVinson Synan Responds to John MacArthur's Strange Fire
Vinson Synan
 

 John MacArthur, the Calvinist, Fundamentalist, Cessationist preacher from California has done it again. With his newest attack on Pentecostals and Charismatics, Strange Fire, MacArthur, like Don Quixote tilting at windmills, continues his hopeless quest to put an end to the most energetic and fastest growing group of Christians in the world. MacArthur never quits. This is his third book on the subject, and perhaps his last.

His first attack was The Charismatics: A Doctrinal Perspective which was published in 1978. His second attack was a similar one titled Charismatic Chaos which appeared in 1993. This newest one, published in late 2013 is a continuation of the first two with the same old threadbare arguments retooled for a new generation of readers. In all three books he singles out the worst extreme cases he can find and tries to brand all Charismatic Christians as fanatics offering up "strange fire" in their theology and worship styles. If one aimed the same criticisms at his own Calvinist tradition, they also would be subject to the same criticism since there have been extremes in all religious movements including among his fellow Calvinists. Perhaps a reminder that many of the things he objects to among Charismatics occurred in his own Calvinist tradition. Witness the screaming and falling under the preaching of the Puritan Calvinist Jonathan Edwards in New England and the shouting, barking and falling at Cane Ridge Kentucky among Presbyterians. Perhaps he needs to offer the same corrections to his own tradition.

   Most serious Pentecostals will acknowledge that there have been some extremes over the years. But they have always come under discernment and have been corrected over time. But to judge and condemn hundreds of millions of solid Christians who love Jesus with all their hearts and who are evangelizing the world on a scale never before seen, is the essence of blind prejudice. After all Satan has never been known to make lovers of Jesus. Also, the very spiritual gifts that MacArthur condemns the most are the very ones that have led to the massive growth of the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches around the world.

   The dramatic miracles of tongues and interpretation, of exorcism of demons, and of divine healing have convinced hundreds of millions of pagans that Jesus Christ is Lord. It is estimated that over 80% of conversions from paganism are credited to the ministries of Pentecostals and Charismatics. One might ask about the world evangelization records of his own fellow Fundamentalists as compared to the Pentecostals and Charismatics.

   MacArthur is one of the few hyper-cessationists still standing. Looking back, there is a long list of similar attacks that have been made over the years by both Fundamentalists and the classical Holiness churches that rejected speaking in tongues after the Azusa Street revival of 1906-1909. One of the worst was Alma White's vitriolic Demons and Tongues published in 1910. Despite these attacks, the Pentecostal Movement continued to grow exponentially around the world. With the advent of the Charismatic Movement after 1960, a new generation of critics arose, including MacArthur. But more and more, these are lonely voices in their own fundamentalist wilderness, largely ignored by bemused leaders in the rest of Christendom.

   When MacArthur published his first attack, The Charismatics in 1978, there were already about 100,000,000 Pentecostals and Charismatics in the world. By the time he introduced his second attack, Charismatic Chaos in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1993, the number had grown to 450,000,000. And now with the publication of his third attack, Strange Fire, the number has reached to no less than 628,000,000. All I can say is, the more McArthur attacks us, the more we grow.

   Write another book John.

FerminGarciaOctober - Pastor's Appreciation Month
 
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GlobalChristianForumChurches Begin Global Conversation on Painful, Divisive Issue of Mission, Proselytism


 

   The Global Christian Forum (GCF) launched a discussion on mission and proselytism in France recently withy representatives from the Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), the Pentecostal World Fellowship, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance as well as several GCF committee members and staff.
   The goal is to develop a companion statement to Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World, including recommendations for relationships. between churches living and working in the same communities.
The concept of 'mission' is well understood by churches and Christian organisations; however proselytism - the accusation that one Christian tradition, church or denomination is 'converting' or taking members from another Christian group - is often contentious and divisive.
   'Proselytism' - sometimes referred to as "sheep-stealing" - in the context of the mission of the church has led to hurtful and deep-seated ruptures in some communities. The GCF initiative will take place over 3 years.
WhiteStoneWhitestone Country Inn Offers Rest, Refreshment for Ministers, Missionaries


 

Come to Whitestone
Come to Whitestone

 "The most beautiful place I have ever been!" Such was the description my wife, Linda, gave to Whitestone Country Inn. Whitestone is a luxury Bed and Breakfast near Kingston, TN built by Paul and Jean Cowell.
   Paul saw the plight of pastors and missionaries and had a vision for Whitestone, a name derived from Revelation 2:17: "....To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written..." He sold his holdings as the founder of the Book Warehouse and the Shop at Home Network, the second oldest home shopping network and went to work building Whitestone.
   Scouting over a hundred properties before selecting this wonderful haven on the shores of the Tennessee River, Paul designed all the buildings and Jean decorated each of the twenty-two rooms and themed them after a bird. Ours was the Whippoorwill with its lovely turquoise-based colors and a view of the WattsBarLake portion of the Tennessee River.
   Housing the 17 suites and 5 rooms is the grand Farmhouse manor, the Entrance Barn, a replicated schoolhouse, the Farmhouse Manor and dining hall, a duplex and a triplex. The beautiful Chapel of the Good Shepherd was inspired by an old Episcopal country church and has hosted 2,000 weddings. Cont. on next column

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."   Acts 1:8 (NIV) 
 
Jeff Farmer, Chairman

Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America 

MemphisMiracleMemphis Chapter to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Memphis Miracle
  On October 18, 1994, God ushered in a new  era of Pentecostalism with the "Memphis Miracle." This moment created the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America. 
   The Memphis PCCNA Chapter in Memphis is celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Memphis Miracle on Nov. 24th at the Cathedral of Praise Assembly at 8200 Macon Road Cordova, TN 38018.  Chapter President Reverend Aaron Campbell extends an invitation to PCCNA members. Click here for background on this historic moment.
PrayerEvangelismPrayer & Evangelism









"No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it." Guy King


 

"Real prayer comes not from gritting your teeth, but from falling in love." Richard Foster

 

"The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men to Christ. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, and sermons are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose." C.S. Lewis

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PCCNA 2015 Meeting: Lost In The City

    The 2015 PCCNA meeting will be February 25-27 at Coastal Church, a historic landmark, in the beautiful, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our contracted hotel is The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. The rate is $119 per night (Canadian currency) for the cityview room or $129 per night for the harborside room. You can now book your room online by clicking here.

   The hotel is just 2 1/2 blocks from Coastal Church. Renting a car is not recommended. Parking fees are extremely high. You can ride the Canada Line train from the airport to the hotel for less than $10. Watch your email and check the web site for more information.
LEFT BEHIND - OFFICIAL TRAILER
LEFT BEHIND - OFFICIAL TRAILER

   In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear without a trace. All that remains are their clothes and belongings, and in an instant, terror and chaos spread around the world. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Planes fall from the sky. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. There is no one to help or provide answers. In a moment, the entire planet is plunged into darkness. Click here to read more.
Encounter 2015

Encounter 2015
Encounter 2015
Alton Garrison, Assistant General Superintendent, Assemblies of God invites you to Encounter 2015. Join Pentecostal pastors from across the country in concerted prayer for awakening in our nation. Click here to register.
Jerusalem2015Jerusalem 2015
Jerusalem 2015 - Billy Wilson Invites You to Experience the Holy Land
Jerusalem 2015 - Billy Wilson Invites You to Experience the Holy Land

All Spirit-empowered Christians from every nation of the world are implored to join this historic Congress May 20-25, 2015 in Jerusalem, the birthplace of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Have an authentic experience with God's presence that will ignite your faith and change your life forever. Click here to register.
OperationChristmasChildFree Operation Christmas Child Kits Available

  Since 1993, more than 100 million children in over 130 countries have experienced God's love through a simple shoe box of gifts distributed through Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child.

   Now your church or organization can order materials to participate in this massive effort to distribute gifts and share the good news of Jesus Christ! Click here to order your kit.
MiracleStoryTell Us Your Miracle Story

   Everyone loves an authentic miracle. What is the greatest one you have witnessed? 

   We want to know. In fact, we want the world to know. We want to hear every type of miracle story that shows the power of the Holy Spirit. From healing, to divine provision, to a word of knowledge, etc., we want to tell your story of God's miraculous power and grace.

   Please send your story or testimony. We will keep you updated of this emerging vision. In the mean time, send your miracle story to the following two email addresses: jellisfarm@gmail.com and ldhaywood@gmail.com.  

MiracleStoryWhitestone Country Inn cont.

   A horse drawn carriage ride is available to take you around the property as are boat rides and a few other light activities. A full breakfast is provided with each stay. A gourmet five course dinner is served each evening, complete with Paul's selection of the house's wonderful Celestial Season's Mild Cherry Tea and the most delectable Whitestone Delight Pie.
   Paul and Jean recently sold Whitestone to Hobby Lobby who then gifted it to a group called SonScapes, a ministry retreat organization. Paul will remain as the innkeeper and pastor of the church in the chapel. 
   Pastors receive half off and full-time missionaries may come for free Sundays through Thursdays. Whitestone has a 96% Tripadvisor approval rating, is among Southern Living's highlighted properties and is rated in the top ten romantic inns of America in spite of the fact that no alcohol is served. 
   Some of America's greatest church leaders have passed through Whitestone. Whitestone is also the destination for many small meetings. Just in the past week, a group of Flag Officers (generals and admirals) were meeting. A grief recovery group and a missionary support group were visiting, too. Linda and I were there for three nights and were saddened to have to leave. - Clyde M. Hughes
 

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