John MacArthur tries to retreat from some of his most challenging language

Interesting post by Adrian Warnock at Patheos

Over at Tim Challies, MacArthur has been interviewed about the criticism that has surfaced of him following the Strange Fire conference. This is interesting for two reasons. Firstly because of his brief summary of his case, and secondly for an attempt to rein in some of what to many of us seem like clear statements rejecting charismatics wholesale.

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7 comments on “John MacArthur tries to retreat from some of his most challenging language

  1. I grow tired of the ecclesiastical Bourgeoisie from whose mouth people derive their truth while criticizing people who do the same from television preachers. If you read the comments one MacArthur supporter suggested that JM has studied the Bible for so many years that his interpretation must be more valid than most others. That is human idolatry and intellectualism as well. During the Reformation people divided into groups. Some followed Luther; some followed Calvin; some followed Zwingli; etc..
    I am of Paul; I am of Cephus; I am of Apollo; and history repeats itself. One of the most bizarre spectacles in today’s evangelical community is when a few preachers sit in a semi-circle on the stage and answer questions as if they were ek cathedra and the audience receives what their favorite preacher says as inspired truth. “Holding men’s personages in admiration”.

    • A BIG AMEN!

      We certainly have our fair share of theological “elitists” Henry. And each has their own long line of followers…

      Can’t help it, have to give your response another BIG AMEN!

    • I can say I have a degree from a Bible school just as many others can. But the question is did I really study the Bible or did I just study what confirms my chosen doctrine? We could ask the same thing about JM, but in truth he may not even know the answer. If we are convinced that everything we believe is the absolute truth, we might never know that we are only studying about our doctrine.

      The best required reading in college was “How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth”
      by Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart and “Grasping God’s Word” by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays.

      I often think that guys like JM and his disciples need to read those books. Actually I often think most of us should read those books.

    • If we are convinced that everything we believe is the absolute truth, we might never know that we are only studying about our doctrine.

      Steve, im leery of anyone who feels they possess the absolute truth concerning “all things” biblical. I believe we are forever learning and thus are perpetual students in the classroom of the Holy Spirit.

  2. What I find puzzling is how contradictory those semi–circle events are when you read this:

    For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. (Hebrews 8:10, 11 ESV)

    These men sit and answer questions in a forum unlike the Council at Acts 15 and we are now suppose to set aside our personal responsibilities to eternal life to live theirs! Hmmmm?? How will that help us on that great and notable day when we stand before the great white throne?

    It seems to me we ought to be encouraging personal growth towards Christ not man as we too enter into this living hope:

    And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27, 28 ESV)

    The sense I come away with after these councils these days is people are eagerly waiting for the next council not the return of Christ!


    • It seems to me we ought to be encouraging personal growth towards Christ…

      Michael, i agree.

      We should be encouraging fellow believers to seek to hear from God for themselves, to read and study the word in order to “show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”

      Sadly we’ve become a nation of lazy Christians…not willing to seek God for ourselves, or read and study the Word but instead let others “tell us” what it says and interpret it for us.

      Teachers are needful in the body of Christ–if they were not, God wouldn’t call some to teach. But in the end we are responsible for what we believe, so they were never intended to take the place of personal bible study.

      And less we forget, the ultimate teacher is still the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth.

  3. “The best required reading in college was…” Other than scripture. 😀

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