While the exposing of the Charismatic Movement (and Charismatic Calvinists) was correct and pretty powerful, I must admit after yesterday's Q&A and the last session at the Strange Fire Conference, I'm left with the same concerns.
John MacArthur and Phil Johnson have been blinded by affection for Charismatic Calvinist John Piper to the the point that they are unwilling to give him up (unless he repents). Sadly, MacArthur has tunnel vision when it comes to his friend Piper, saying that Piper's embrace of the Charismatic movement is merely an "anomaly" and therefore he doesn't deserve to be rejected. However, in my view, Piper's issues are far greater than just his charismaticism. Far greater. I know both Johnson and MacArthur are very aware of Piper's promotion of heretic Rick Warren. Certainly that in itself should be enough to sever ties with Piper based on one of the clearest declarations in the New Testament: 2 John 9-11. Its only complicated or confusing if you don't believe and obey this passage.
Both MacArthur and Johnson painted a picture of Piper that is not consistent with Piper's fruit; they love him and called him a faithful man of God and teacher who has benefited many people including themselves.
Scripture states how important it is to test the fruit and walk of such teachers:
Mat 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
2Jn 1:9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
Piper promotes women teachers who teach men (and he also learns from those women teachers).
How can MacArthur call this "good" fruit and something that has "greatly benefited" anyone?
My question is this:
How else do false teachers creep in unnoticed bringing with them their heresies to deceive the sheep, if not through the "shepherds" holding the door open for them and allowing them in?
2Pe 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
Jud 1:4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.