Tim Challies Interviews John Macarthur

Just a point of news for anyone who hasn’t seen it.  Tim Challies (the biggest Christian blogger), had an opportunity to interview John MacArthur recently and asked him a series of great questions.  I’d recommend the interview to everyone, and I’d point out the final question in the light of the current engagement of the MB Herald articles promoting theistic evolution.

Here is part 1

Here is part 2

For those of you that don’t know who John MacArthur is, he’s been the pastor of Grace Community Church for 42 years, he’s the president of the Master’s College and the Master’s Seminary, and he’s widely regarded as the foremost bible expositor (preacher) of the 21st century.  He’s written over 200 books, he’s preached through almost the entire New Testament (and all his sermons are available for free online), planted and funded 18 seminaries all over the world (one of the things funded by his book revenue), and he was the editor of the best study bible there is, no contest.  I’ve never met anyone who was familiar with him that didn’t either love him or hate him, but I’ve never met anyone that hated him for biblical reasons.   If you’re unfamiliar with him, I’d recommend reading the book The Gospel According to Jesus; that’s the book that grabbed me and started me down the long road that had me on staff at Grace Community Church and attending the Masters Seminary.

I don’t worship the man and am far more familiar with his faults than many (having attended his church and worked with him for years), but he’s a faithful pastor who preaches the word of God twice a week without compromise, doesn’t get entangled with politics, has a believing family that is connected to a local church, and has remained scandal free for his entire life.  If there’s anyone on earth I’d like to be like when I’m 65, he’s about as close as they come.  I recommend him to all my readers.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “Let’s not argue about the ESV study bible” Unger

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10 thoughts on “Tim Challies Interviews John Macarthur

  1. Wow well stated. Lots of truth especially the one statement about him not being perfect but one who has been faithful…and that he’s one who’s hated and loved at the same time.

  2. Pingback: Mennoknight’s thought on John MacArthur « The Domain for Truth

  3. I think we should certainly “argue about the ESV Study bible” because it is simply just another corrupted modern version, simply another attack on the infallible and inerrant Word of God by the master deceiver himself (Satan), simply another byproduct of the Westcott and Hort Greek Critical Text (both of which where nothing less than complete occultic apostates), and simply because it is the foundational root cause of all the heretical and apostate teachings within “evangelical” circles. I thought someone as yourself with a discerning eye, would know better.

    Until next time, may the Lord bless you and give you a desire to “contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3)

    In Christ,

    Reuben Driedger

      • Certainly not. Matter of fact I reject both of them, because in my opinion (in accordance to God’s Word) they both are heretics, simply to differing degrees. They have done more harm than good in defense of the King James Bible.

        Mennoknight, I have studied the topic of Greek Texts and modern Bible versions over thousands of hours. It takes very little discernment (no offense meant) to see the absolute corruption present within every single modern versions created from 1881, till now. This is simply for one of two reasons, or both: first, usage of the heretical Greek Critical Text, which was based on a mere “TWO” manuscripts, both of which contradict each other in well over 6000 places; and/or secondly, the translation methodology…which is that of dynamic equivelence (translation using thought process rather than word-for-word) for nearly every single modern version with the exception of maybe a few (ASB for example, but however still uses the corrupted Critical text).

        The King James Bible is the greatest and most accurate Bible that has ever been translated into the English language, BAR NONE. This is not even taking into consideration the millions of people that it has brought to the Lord Jesus Christ, not considering the blood of the blood-washed and grace-saved saints martyred in the Name of Christ which literally drips froms its pages, not even considering that it alone amongst English versions was the one every single great man of God (Moody, Whitefield, Rice, Sunday, Spurgeon, Carey, Taylor, Judson, etc, etc) over the last 4 centuries used. No it is great because it was translated by quite possibly 50 of the brighest minds, men of amazing piety, men such as Lancelot Andrews who spoke fluently 15 languages, was a doctor, but loved God so much that he felt it a worthless day if any less than 6 hours was spent in prayer. Every single word in the KJB was reviewed a minimum of 14 times. Most importantly, the KJB was based on the Traditional Greek Text, or AKA Greek Textus Receptus, which is a product of over 5600 manuscripts, all of which remain today. Furthermore, it was translated by the only method that God would approve of: word-for-word. Imagine if someone took a book you had written and received permission to translate it into another language, but instead of transmitting exactly what you wrote, he rather translates what he thought you meant. It is ludicrous. No, its more than that, its incredibly dishonoring to the inspired, infallible, inerreant and preserved Word of God.

        I hope that sheds some brief light on a condensed version of the history of modern versions and the King James Bible.

        In Christ,

        Reuben

      • Rueben, I’ve done graduate level textual criticism and almost nothing you said was even remotely true.

        1. The “heretical” Greek Critical text wasn’t based upon 2 manuscripts. That’s simply a lie.

        2. The ESV is no more “word for word” than the KJV. There is no such thing as a “word for word” translation…at least not in the way that you’re meaning.

        3. There are plenty of great men of God who didn’t use the KJV (like every other believer who lived before 1611…).

        4. Every single word was not reviewed at least 14 times. That’s simply a lie.

        5. The textus receptus was not the product of 5,600 Greek Manuscripts. That’s simply a lie. Erasmus had less than 2 dozen manuscripts in his day.

        The list goes on and on.

        I have no desire to fight with a KJV Onlyist.

        I tolerate a fair amount of tirades on here because I try to respect people’s right to disagree and even condemn me, but I have 2 seconds of patience for someone who comes on here trying to pedal obvious lies. I disagree with many of my commenters, but I have very little reason to call most of them stone-faced liars. You may have read and studied lots, but thousands of hours of reading aren’t worth much if you’re reading theological/historical literature written by people with as much theological/historical credibility as L. Ron Hubbard.

        You are in high danger of being banned and having all future comments editted. I’d hate for you to be my first ban.

  4. Rueben got banned from this blog for not reading this or following clear directions for dialogue. Rueben is now unable to post on this blog any more.

    • Rueben,

      You were warned and somehow thought I wasn’t serious. I read your message and was saddened that one claiming to worship Christ has such a deep lack of concern for the truth of scripture or history. I also was saddened to see the self-righteous and hateful language that is so utterly common to KJV-Onlyist proponents. I’ve only ever been condemned to Hell by KJV-Onlyists; why would someone who knows Christ wish Hell on anyone? Strange how the people who claim to have the “preserved word of God” show such blatant disregard for its contents and so little resemblance to it’s author.

      I don’t know you, and this is the very wrong avenue for any sort of helpful interaction. I’m not your pastor and you’re not one of my sheep.

      If you’re in the lower mainland, you’re welcome to contact me and we can go for coffee sometime. These sorts of interactions work best in person where you are more likely to engage in discussion.

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