Friday, September 30, 2005

Caricature, Caricature, Who's Got the Caricature?

Phil Johnson has a penchant for satirical humor, most notably in the form of caricatured comic book covers. Unfortunately for him, there are plenty of humor-impaired people who fail to understand the role of satire - probably these same people would run Jonathan Swift out of town on a rail for his "Modest Proposal," too. So at least Phil is in good company.

One fellow in particular seemed to have a bit of trouble distinguishing between caricature and reality, however. With tongue planted firmly in cheek (I hope; charity would constrain me to interpret it this way), he suggested that MacArthur should republish some of his earlier books ("Charismatic Chaos" being singled out as a prime example) in comic book form so as to make it easier for folks to recognize that MacArthur was so far off base in his assessment that he was in fact presenting a caricature.

Sadly, the poster doesn't seem to realize that charismaticism is itself a caricature of true Christianity. Anyone who has any doubts about this need only consider the parade of shysters and hucksters that charismaticism (and its direct spiritual forebear, pentecostalism) has produced: Aimee Semple MacPherson, William Branham, Kathryn Kuhlman, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts, Peter Popoff, Robert Tilton, Marilyn Hickey - for starters. The antics (which are extremely well-documented) of these rabble-rousers are far greater and far more serious distortions of biblical Christianity than anything that MacArthur wrote about in "Chaos."

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