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    John MacArthur on abortion -- right church, wrong pew

    an opinion exclusive
    Thu, 04 Oct 2012
    by:  Tom Kovach

    A little background is needed before I get to the meat of this column.

    Yes, this column will be along the same lines as my recent "Rebuttal of comments by Dr James Dobson".  I had expected to get a lot of flak for that column.  Instead, I got overwhelming positive feedback.

    Back when I used to listen to Christian radio (and, for a few years, I even left the radio on while I was sleeping, in hopes of learning even more), John MacArthur was one of those teachers that seemed to have the whole "holiness" thing under his belt.  He made "don't sin" sound almost easy.  It isn't.

    But, the reason that I no longer listen to Christian radio is not because my flesh wars against God's Spirit (although the Holy Bible says that is true for all of us; see Galatians 5:17).  No, sadly, the reason is because I've figured out that many (most?  all??) of the preachers and teachers on Christian radio have chosen to become mouthpieces for the Republican Party.  Many voters from the Democratic Party have accused that for two decades, but this column examines the phenomenon from a different angle.

    The realization that Christians were being steered by radio preachers became overwhelmingly clear to me when I covered the "Justice Sunday II" rally for Men's News Daily(That report from August of 2005 is no longer online.)  There, the core body of "Christian leaders" were assembled at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, and broadcast nationwide via satellite, to encourage Christians to contact their US senators and pressure them to ratify the nomination of John Roberts to become the chief justice of the US Supreme Court.  The reasons why that should not have happened are described in my rebuttal of Dr. Dobson's comments, so I will not rehash them here.

    The point is that "Christian leaders" totally ignored the facts, and glossed over the principles, in order to ensure that there would be a "Republican victory" in that Senate fight.  Right and wrong did not matter.  Abortion did not matter.  The idea that he would go from an outsider to the boss did not matter.

    And, now, to John MacArthur.

    One of my online friends sent me a link to one of MacArthur's recent radio speeches.  On the surface, it sounds great.  Were I not trained and experienced in catching people in lies, and if I were steeped in the myth of "the two-party system" the way that most voters are, then I would not have seen the flaws in MacArthur's speech.  But, the flaws are there, and they are glaring.

    In the first 30 seconds of an audio clip that is only four minutes long, MacArthur manages to spread two total falsehoods.  The first is when he says that "one of the historic parties" has adopted a platform based upon "the sins of Romans 1".  The problem is that the grammar implies that "the other" party did not.  Not true.  The Republican Party is in a spirited race with the Democratic Party to see how low it can sink on the moral plain.

    The second falsehood is that the two parties "dramatically differ" in their approach to economics and other policies.  Not true.  Even more so in recent years, the Republicans and Democrats seem locked in a dance to see how much they can be alike, while still telling voters how different that they are.  America's Party national chairman and presidential candidate Tom Hoefling has often described it as "a weird sort of Kabuki theater", referring to the highly-stylized Japanese art form in which motion conveys meaning.

    Here is the link to the page with the clip.  (There are two clips.  It's the first one.)
    http://www.gty.org/blog/B121001
    (Warning:  that page has a lot of cookies.  I blocked them when I viewed the page.)

    Other than those two major falsehoods, MacArthur's speech was correct -- both Biblically and politically.  But, he specifically avoided any mention of the major compromises of the Republican Party (and their presidential candidate) with regard to the abortion business and the homosexual agenda.  The opening line of MacArthur's speech implies that he avoids political topics because they are a sidetrack to the teaching of the Holy Bible.  One of the bedrock principles of America's Party is that we must bring those principles from the Holy Bible into the political arena.  I think that is part of what Jesus meant when He said that we should be "made whole".  When we are bold enough to take a stand for Bible truths in the arena of public opinion, then we are showing the type of faith that the Roman centurion showed when he asked Jesus to heal the servant at home.  Jesus replied, "Such faith I have not seen in Israel."

    Don't let a small group of "Christian leaders", nor anyone else, fool you.  Learn to find and examine the facts for yourselves.  Take up the watch-phrase "break the two-party logjam".  Don't base your vote on "what everyone else will do".  Vote your conscience.  Don't be taken in by Republican lies that they are "the party of moral principle" -- not even if that lie comes from one of your favorite "Christian leaders".


    Posted 2012-10-04 6:40 AM (#63248) By: TomK--V-USA



    Right church?

    John MacArthur teaches the unbiblical, heretical doctrine that Jesus Christ did not die for every human being (see http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-356 ). A few years ago I wrote him, John Piper and James White the following letter regarding this specific doctrine.

    "March 3, 2010 

    Dear Mr. MacArthur, Mr. Piper and Mr. White,           

                I am writing this letter to encourage you that the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. I therefore exhort you to repent of your own unbelief and teaching that Jesus Christ did not die for all the sins of every human being. Without genuine repentance you are indeed jeopardizing your own eternal destinies and the destinies of those you have influenced into believing this lie. The Bible teaches that every human being is a moral free agent accountable to God, created in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6), with “the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9), to either freely receive Christ and believe on His name (John 1:12) or reject Him (John 1:11) and not see everlasting life (John 3:36).

                Luke 22:14-23 is the Biblical account of Christ’s personal testimony that His body was given and His blood was shed for all twelve of His apostles, including Judas Iscariot. So either He died for all His apostles or He lied to Judas.

                If you choose to believe that Jesus lied to Judas and insist on teaching that He did not die for his sins and all those of every human being, then the Christ you preach is not the Christ of the Bible. In Matthew 7:21-23, 12:36-37 and 18:1-14, Christ Himself warns unrepentant false teachers of the eternal consequences of their words and actions.

                Please seek God’s mercy while there is yet time for you and ask Him to forgive you for teaching such a damnable heresy and distortion of Christ’s complete atonement for the sin of the world (John 1:29, 3:17). May your repentance, and public apology to all those you have misled, be good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

                                                              

                                                         Thank you for your kind attention to this matter."

    Posted 2013-01-31 7:45 PM (#64465 - in reply to #63248) By: SavedByGrace

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