"One month ago, John MacArthur hosted a conference titled “Strange Fire.” The conference opposed the so-called “prosperity gospel” and with it the excesses of “charismania.” But somewhere along the way all things charismatic and continuationist got swept up into the conference conversation, too, igniting a strange online conflagration of its own."
John Piper Responds:
Please read Piper Addresses Strange Fire and Charismatic Chaos, by Tony Reinke, at Desiring God. You can access John Piper's podcasts on this issue by scrolling down to the bottom of the article.
"Looking more broadly at the Church today, Piper was eager to address charismatic abuses and excesses (charismania). “But,” he began, “we really need to keep in mind that every charismatic abuse has its mirror image in non-charismatic abuses. Nothing I am going to say is unique to charismatics. In some of these cases, the non-charismatic church is more guilty than the charismatic.” "
But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 12:31
Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1
Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:39
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.
1 Corinthians 14:24-25
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.
1 Corinthians 14:29
...do not despise prophetic utterances.
1 Thessalonians 5:20
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1
Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head.
1 Corinthians 11:4
But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.
1 Timothy 2:12
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
1 Corinthians 13:8
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
1 Thessalonians 5:21
...and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.
1 Timothy 6:5
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8