Tuesday, January 5, 2010

John MacArthur: Raising the Error Alert

Here's a great article by John MacArthur. In this short burst, he clearly articulates what many of us have been saying for several years: good, solid Bible teaching is in short supply in America's pulpits today.

Here are a few quotes:

Why do so many evangelicals act as if false teachers in the church could never be a serious problem in this generation?

Biblical ignorance within the church may well be deeper and more widespread than at any other time since the Protestant Reformation.

Bible teaching, even in the best of venues today, has been deliberately dumbed-down, made as broad and as shallow as possible, oversimplified, adapted to the lowest common denominator-- and then tailored to appeal to people with short attention spans.

You can read the entire article by clicking here.


Anonymous said...

Wow, Dad. That last quote pulls no punches! Very powerful stuff.

Anonymous said...

Who knows, maybe John MacArthur is right and the greatest Greek scholars (Google "Famous Rapture Watchers"), who uniformly said that Rev. 3:10 means PRESERVATION THROUGH, were wrong. But John has a conflict. On the one hand, since he knows that all Christian theology and organized churches before 1830 believed the church would be on earth during the tribulation, he would like to be seen as one who stands with the great Reformers. On the other hand, if you have a warehouse of unsold pretrib rapture material, and if you want to have "security" for your retirement years and hope that the big California quake won't louse up your plans, you have a decided conflict of interest - right, John? Maybe the Lord will have to help strip off the layers of his seared conscience which have grown for years in order to please his parents and his supporters - who knows? One thing is for sure: pretrib is truly a house of cards and is so fragile that if a person removes just one card from the TOP of the pile, the whole thing can collapse. Which is why pretrib teachers don't dare to even suggest they could be wrong on even one little subpoint! Don't you feel sorry for the straitjacket they are in? While you're mulling all this over, Google "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the same 179-year-old fantasy.

Pastor Kip said...

Interesting stuff, Anon. I checked out your Google suggestions, too - and realized I need to look into the subject a little more.

I was raised pre-trib (read the Hal Lindsay book Late Great Planet Earth as a teenager), but began to question the doctrine in my early twenties.

I don't hold strongly to any position, and think it's unwise to do so. I subscribe to the wisdom I once read in a Keith Green pamphlet: Pray for pre, but prepare for post.

Pastor Kip said...

I've read up a little on MacArthur's position on the rapture. He is staunchly pre-trib, but he admits that he could be wrong. In a commentary on the subject, he laid out a strong case for the pre-trib position and then finished with this concession: "I feel like Dr. Saucy who said, 'I know there are some errors in my Theology, I just wish I knew where they were.'"