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The Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit by John MacArthur

I encourage you to take time to listen to this teaching from Dr. John MacArthur on the subject of the modern blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  In this teaching, MacArthur exposes the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit in this age.  He then takes the hearer quickly through the Word of God to show that the Holy Spirit is not mysterious, He is worthy of praise just as the Father and the Son are.  I enjoyed his overview of the Holy Spirit and I appreciated his emphasis on teaching biblically about the Person and work of the Holy Spirit.

I pray, let us not blaspheme the beloved Holy Spirit who has sealed us unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/14/2012 at 3:03 PM

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  1. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is attributing what one knows is of the Holy Spirit to Satan, as MacAthur did manage to correctly identify. He doesn’t get to trash that clear teaching by flipping it in the opposite direction because he is a cessationist naysayer of Pentecost. With his baby in the bathwater approach, he is the one that comes night unto committing the unpardonable.


    03/14/2012 at 10:20 PM

    • I am a partial continueist and I too was troubled by what MacArthur sees though. The so called New Apostolic Reformation is troubling. The Holy Spirit gets blamed for many things such as bizarre visions, dreams, words, and even sermons. This bothers me. I remember one Pentecostal pastor telling me, when I questioned strange physical manifestations, to let go if my mind and allow the Spirit to take over. Sadly, this is what MacArthur is preaching against and I agree with him.

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      • Preaching against the imaginings of human fancy and fleshly manifestations is fine. I am actually in agreement with his identification of so much of that kind of thing as error. The problem is that he ends up doing the very thing he rants about, because he, quite removed from the force of the text itself, says something that it does not say as if it is what God did say (and as concerning a very serious matter, I might add). We cannot take inverses of biblical statements, assume they are true, and speak them as if they had the force and truth of the original. It’s bad hermeneutics, bad logic, and bad preaching. What would drive someone like MacArthur to do such a thing other than his prejudice against Pentecost?


        03/15/2012 at 9:15 AM

  2. If it is blasphemy to attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan (the usual interpretation) then is it not equally blasphemous to attribute the work of Satan to the Holy Spirit? Its amazing how quick people are to attribute things to the Holy Spirit. Way too many things are blamed on him (under the guise of giving him credit where credit is due, but that’s just the question, is he really the one doing these things?)

    “It seems very odd to me that the Holy Spirit would give that to people whose theology is unbiblical and totally aberrant. I’m pretty sure the Holy Spirit wouldn’t authenticate Paul’s teachers, so we know it’s not the Holy Spirit. But that’s what they claim. But the Holy Spirit gets blamed for everything. This is just the newest one.”

    The Holy Spirit gets blamed for the contradictions that Paul creates against the teaching of Jesus (via the doctrine that Romans and Galatians are inspired by the Holy Spirit). Sure Jesus says that God causes the sun to shine on the good and the bad, God causes the rain to fall on the just and unjust, the kingdom of heaven is like a net cast into the sea that catches fish of all kinds both good and bad, and a good man brings forth good things out of the good treasure of his heart…but Paul says nobody is good and nobody is just nor can they be other than by a fake imputed righteousness. That contradiction, as well as the contradiction against James where James says Abraham was justified by a combo of faith and works and Paul where he says it was by faith alone, all these contradictions are blames on the Holy Spirit because it is said that the Holy Spirit inspired all these contradictory writings. I think that in the past when without even thinking about what Scripture said I imputed it to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit without question, that was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. We should be very careful in imputing to the Holy Spirit the writings that the Catholics chose to put into the New Testament, especially Paul’s.


    03/29/2012 at 7:33 PM

    • What in the world are you? It’s clear that you have a disdain for the Scriptures. A disdain for Paul the Apostle. Quickly, the “contradiction” of James and Paul is easily fixed when we see that the faith that saves works. Paul argues that we are justified through faith apart from works. James is not contradicting this. He stated in James 1:17-18 affirms that salvation is by God’s gracious gift. His point is that there is a type of faith that does not save and its a dead faith (2:14, 17, 20, 24, 26). James was opposing a faith that merely gives mental assent but no life change to the gospel. That is not saving faith is his point.

      But this could go on and on. You and I disagree over nearly all that you have written so far on my blog.

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