Listening to John MacArthur this morning

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.


2 thoughts on “Listening to John MacArthur this morning

  1. Heather

    I agree that half a gospel is not an accurate presentation.
    We need to break free of the mindset that only “one” Christian group has been given sole custody of all of God’s truth (I’m not “emergent”, BTW). We need to help each other (and the world) see a more complete picture of Christ by working with each other, learning together, holding fast to what is true and being willing to be corrected in areas we are weak or misunderstanding of something.

    I once heard someone say “Christians shoot their wounded” and the reality of that statement should cut us to our very souls.

    The following is a portion of a comment I left on a blog I frequent. The topic of the post was “Christian Separation”, and the blog author does lean heavily in the “holiness” direction, but I believe strongly that the Lord is doing a wonderful work in her heart as I read and interact on her site.

    “Christ’s body (the Church) is not meant to be a museum where we all display how “perfect” we have become as Christians. Nor is it to be [simply] a lecture hall to constantly remind us of how unworthy we are to receive His attention. That is an important foundation, but we cannot get stuck there.

    Christ’s church is a war-zone, front-battle-line hospital that is constantly sending out scouts who will bring to the Master Physician those who are blinded, maimed and bleeding to death. And we, as His hands and feet, are to minister healing Truth with His loving care so that others may be introduced to the Life He offers.

    It is so frustrating to me that we as a group will become so stuck in stuff like “how separate are we to be?” because if we really know the Lord and have a vibrant, living relationship with Him, we have His springs of pure, Living water overflowing out of us, and the stink of this world cannot stick even as we dive into the filth to help pull others out of the sewage.

    The Christian walk of faith is not about physical rules to “not taste, not handle, not touch”. It is about a heart attitude of humble obedience to constantly rely on our Father to show us what is right in ANY given circumstance. The only way that can happen is when we strive to know Him with all of our hearts.

    He’s Daddy. He wants us to come to HIM and rest our souls in HIM and He has given us the Scriptures as a means by which we can meet with HIM!”

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