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Charismatic worship leads to charismatic theology?

I’m really looking forward to listening to some of the audio from John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference and reading the upcoming book.

I’ve just been told that MacArthur has made a point several times to specifically critique charismatic worship and to condemn charismatic music. Looking forward to reading those comments, although I do wonder about consistency within MacArthur’s own ministry on that point.

In the meantime, however, I thought I’d link to my recent article on the subject of the influence of charismatic theology on worship and music:

Charismatic Worship?

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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2 Responses to Charismatic worship leads to charismatic theology?

  1. I think MacArthur is being consistent. He’s not talking about contemporary “worship” music in general, but of very specific kinds of music with mystical language and hypnotic tempos. Presented as an example was Jesus Culture’s endless hypnotic droning with mystical phrases repeated over and over.

    I’ve observed charismatic prayer meetings with their dim lighting and trance-inducing background music, and I know non-charismatics who love that stuff. I think MacArthur is definitely onto something here.

  2. Oh I agree completely. I would just also argue (and history bears this out, along with theology, I believe) that the entire Praise and Worship movement was birthed out of charismaticism.

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