Frank Viola: 6 Points Commending and Criticizing MacArthur’s Charismatic Blasting

Frank Viola: 6 Points Commending and Criticizing MacArthur’s Charismatic Blasting.

More of Frank Viola’s evaluation of John MacArthur’s anti-charismatic crusade.

Strange Fire: A Refutation – Part II | Beyond Evangelical | The Blog of Frank Viola

Strange Fire: A Refutation – Part II | Beyond Evangelical | The Blog of Frank Viola.

This the second part of Frank Viola’s critique of John McArthur’s sectarian anticharismatic attaque.

Strange Fire: A Refutation – Part I | Beyond Evangelical | The Blog of Frank Viola

Strange Fire: A Refutation – Part I | Beyond Evangelical | The Blog of Frank Viola.

This the first part of Frank Viola’s refutation of John McArthur’s sectarian demonising of charismatic Christianity.

Beer, Bohemianism, and True Christian Liberty

Beer, Bohemianism, and True Christian Liberty.

Thanks to Scot McKnight for this link.

Reading this text, I saw some things I expected from McArthur, but I also some surprises.

I would have never imagined, for instance, that John McArthur can be humorous (be it in an involuntary manner) and that he can use irony. His image grew a bit in my eyes (you may guess I am not a fan).

On the other side, I am not surprised of this severe Arminian charge against the Reformed (be them young & restless or old & bold – in more than one sense). I must confess I dislike them too, but for a very different reason, that has nothing to do with Arminian ideology.

If it was just for their taste for bear (and even tabacco, although I am not a smoker myself) they would have been quite OK for me. Except, of course, if that was Budweiser, not to speak of Coors, which, in my quality book dos not count as beers. Here I rest my case.

As for all the passionate arguments about the sinful nature of alcoholism, I don’t think there is a debate about that anywhere among biblically informed Christians. But as obvious as that is the fact that there is no Biblical basis for John McArthur’s tea-totallism. That is just imature fundamentalist gibberish. In case anyone doubted that.

Contextul editorial evanghelic (4) – Relevanta

Unul dintre fenomenele îngrijorătoare de pe piaţa editorială românească este acela al importului de dispute teologice, mai ales din spaţiul american, care nu am nici un fel de relevanţă pentru contextul evanghelic românesc. Aşa cum bine se ştie, imaturitatea culturală care îi caracterizează, dar şi felul în care editurile evanghelice manipulează fără scrupule piaţa, îi face pe americani să se dea în vânt după tot felul de mode editoriale. Acestea fac o vreme deliciul publicului, şi profitul editurilor, după care sunt uitate, pentru a fi înlocuite de alte dispute, la fel de frivole ca şi cele dinainte, dar la fel de aducătoare de profit.

Deşi aş putea da multe exemple, mă voi limita la două. Continue reading “Contextul editorial evanghelic (4) – Relevanta”