I listened to John Macarthur this morning. In my past I have read a lot of Macarther but somehow in the end just see him missing what I see in scripture. His presentation was on Galatians 5 and what he labelled true Christian freedom. His concern is to make the Church more Holy. What I heard in his presentation of Galatians was a presentation of only 50% of the the Gospel… which is exactly why Paul had to admonish Peter with “Not acting in line with the truth of the Gospel” in Galatians 2:14.
His passion to make the Church more Holy blinds him to another problem that is just as much a perversion of the Gospel as the worldly sin going on in the Church… the continuance of Christian legalism in the Church. A religious pride or legalism that continues to inoculate hurting people to heal under Gods holiness.
I absolutely agree with the 50% of the Gospel that John Macarthur preaches but is 50% of the Gospel a true Gospel? His presentation on Galatians 5 on the sermon I heard completely forgot about what happened in Galatians 1-4. Not sure if I can completely swallow it all right now. I will try again to listen to him another day.
So, rather than presenting what Galatians was trying to say, MacArthur went off on what I now see as his usual tangent… a war to make the Church more Holy. Don’t get me wrong that is a good cause …. but I believe he was justing missing a major portion of Gods word as he was preaching his message in this sermon and missing some makpr components of the text of Galatians.
In my searching of BLOGs it appears to me that a lot of Christians that have chosen to look down their noses at other groups have attached themselves to MacArthur…. people who see only 50% of the Gospel or only some elements of Gods character. Not sure why they chose MacArthur. Maybe they should read Piper and Keller more… especially Keller.
Which brings me to my point. Scripture talks about some major attributes of Gods Character. These include: Love, Mercy, Sovereignty, and Justice. Any person who presents only one portion of these attributes is twisting the Gospel message to benefit his own needs and desires.