It’s true. Many charismatics are a bad example, particularly because most pastors now teach once-saved-always-saved (or it’s hard to lose one’s salvation), just like MacArthur. So sin is rampant, and the Holy Spirit hardly appears: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Evil spirits can then manifest and make a mockery of the spiritual gifts.
John MacArthur’s war against the Holy Spirit gifts is throwing the baby out with the bathwater, because he believes all spiritual gifts, including hearing from God ceased in 100 A.D., whereas once-saved-always-saved is the culprit.
Besides teaching the truth about who really are the children of God, the solution is also reconciliation:
To My Fundamentalist Brother John MacArthur: Grace to You Too
10:00AM EDT 10/23/2013 J. LEE GRADY
Fundamentalist pastor John MacArthur is a gifted preacher, author and lover of Scripture. His Grace to You radio program points countless people to the Bible, and his Master’s Seminary trains hundreds of ministry leaders. He’s a staunch Calvinist….
In John MacArthur’s rigid world, anybody who has sought prayer for healing, claimed a miracle, received a prayer language, prophesied, sensed God speaking to them, felt God’s presence in an emotional way or fallen down on the floor after receiving prayer has already stepped out of the bounds of orthodoxy. … “No other movement has done more damage to the cause of the gospel.”
He doesn’t just write off fringe elements of our movement; he skewers the original founders of Pentecostalism and even goes after Baptist author Henry Blackaby for teaching that God can speak to people today.
MacArthur, who is 74, urges evangelical Christians to engage in a “collective war” to stop the spread of the charismatic movement, which he describes as a “deadly virus,” a “deviant mutation of the truth” and a “Trojan horse”….
MacArthur believes God’s miracle-working power stopped around 100 A.D. He says healing, tongues, prophecy, visions and other supernatural manifestations described in the New Testament don’t work today. MacArthur is particularly irked that charismatics emphasize speaking in tongues (which he calls “gibberish”); he also complains that we have a “perverse obsession with physical health” (in other words, if you get sick, just accept it because God doesn’t heal anymore). But the New Testament doesn’t tell us that heaven flipped a switch and turned off the Spirit’s power. …
Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.”