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In Jack Hayford's book, Pastor's of Promise (copyright 1997), MacArthur is found praising Mr. Hayford along with 29 other "Christian" leaders (among whom is Neil Anderson, Dr. Robert Schuller, Ted Haggard, Bill Hybels, and John Wimber). At the beginning of Mr. Hayford's book, under "Praise for Pastor's of Promise" (six pages of praise for Hayford and his book) MacArthur's quote reads (on the fourth page of quotes),
"Jack Hayford is a model of diligence, faithfulness to the Lord and enduring loyalty to a local church. It's the long haul that manifests integrity and proven character. Many have fallen in the battle. Hayford is still standing- a tribute to God's marvelous grace."
Five years prior (copyright 1992) MacArthur wrote in his book Charismatic Chaos the following:
"Lest you think cranks, obscure eccentrics, or naive charismatic believers are the only ones who would make such claims, listen to Jack Hayford, internationally known author, media minister, and pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California. Hayford told the Pentecostal Fellowship of North America that God has told him a new era is coming:
Hayford . . . related a vision in which he had seen Jesus seated on His throne at the right hand of the Father. In Hayford's vision, Jesus began to lean forward and rise from his seat. As the anointing caught in the folds of His garments, it began to splash out and fall over the church. Jesus said, 'I am beginning to rise now in preparation for my second coming. Those who will rise with Me will share in this double portion of anointing.'" [Charismatic Chaos, p. 48-49; footnote on Hayford, "Pentecostals Set Priorities," Charisma (January 1991), 44]
Obviously MacArthur believes Hayford is a man of "integrity" and "a model of . . . faithfulness to the Lord", yet Hayford claims to have seen Christ and received a message from Him. This is contrary to MacArthur's own words.
Scripture is a closed system of truth, complete, sufficient, and not to be added to (Jude 3; Rev. 22:18-19). It contains all the spiritual truth God intended to reveal. (Charismatic Chaos, p. 51)
On page 50 of MacArthur's book, Charismatic Chaos, MacArthur asks,
"Did Jack Hayford actually see Christ rise from his seat next to God?"
The implied answer to that question (in the context of MacArthur's book) is an obvious "no." Evidently, MacArthur believes a man of "integrity and proven character" can be quite delusional.
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