On August 16, 2015, a self-proclaimed prophet with a Scottish accent rudely interrupted a church service at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California. He shouted charges against Pastor John MacArthur until he was escorted out of the church by deacons.
He accused John MacArthur, of the popular TV and radio program, “Grace To You,” of teaching Cessationism, considered by some Pentecostals and Charismatics to be a false doctrine. Among other things the alleged prophet shouted, “You have grieved the Holy Spirit. Your doctrine of cessation is in error, John MacArthur. If you don’t believe in prophets, you’re looking at one…”
Afterward, John MacArthur explained that “this uninvited guest claimed that it is heresy to say that spiritual gifts like tongues and prophecy have ceased and he added that, according to 1 Corinthians 14, the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets and if this man were a real prophet, he wouldn’t have behaved that way.”
Although I don’t completely agree with everything that Pastor MacArthur has taught in the past, I believe He is a man of God and a gifted expositor of the Bible. This incident is typical of squabbles over trivial differences in doctrines that have kept the Christian church divided for thousands of years. These divisive arguments have given birth to so many church splits, hundreds of denominations and much confusion among believers. It’s time Christians stopped fighting among themselves and took a united stand to preach the gospel light of Jesus Christ to a world living in darkness.
What do you think?
Did this alleged prophet do the right thing? Is it proper for someone to rudely interrupt an orderly church service and shout accusations against a respected pastor or preacher?
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See video below documenting recent incident on 8/16/15