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Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ Hardcover – December 28, 2010

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About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400202078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400202072
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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Format: Hardcover
MacArthurs's latest book, Slave, begins with the question "What does it mean to be a Christian?" MacArthur contends that some of the confusion over what an authentic Christian is stems from an unfortunate mistranslation of the Greek word doulos. Doulos always means slave in the Greek, yet it is often translated servant in our English translations. MacArthur gives 2 reason why he believes this mistranslation has occurred:

1) Given the stigmas attached to slavery in Western society, translators have understandably wanted to avoid any association between biblical teaching and the slave trade of the British Empire and the American Colonial era.

2) From a historical perspective, in late-medieval times it was common to translate doulos with the Latin word servus. Some of the earliest English translations, influenced by the Latin version of the Bible, translated doulos as servant because it was the more natural rendering of servus.
The main thrust of the book is two fold. The first is to demonstrated why slave is the proper translation of doulos and second to examine the implications of viewing ourselves as slaves of Christ. I thought the book handled both of these issues with thoughtfulness and especially appreciated the connection between being slaves of Christ to being sons of God.

As with all MacArthur's writings, scripture was found abundantly throughout. I especially enjoyed the chapters detailing the life of John Newton and the chapters detailing the doctrines of salvation. I think this book is a great addition to anyone's library and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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John MacArthur is a Bible teacher that I have a great deal of respect for. He refuses to compromise. He is committed to telling people what they need to hear, not necessarily what they may want to hear. He also has an amazing way of taking complex subjects and discussing them in a way that is easy to understand. I have read many of his other books, so when I was offered a chance to get his newest book for free, I jumped at the chance.

Now, I want to make something very clear. I don't agree with everything John MacArthur teaches (I especially disagree with his views of women, but that's another discussion). But I agree with a large portion of what he writes. To me, it's sad that we in America and the west have become so biblically illiterate that he even has to address some of these subjects. But the sad truth is, we have and he does.

There is perhaps no concept or word that offends our Western sensibilities more than the word slave. I mean, just the word itself is offensive and distasteful. The idea that God wants to have that type of relationship with us is at first, repugnant at best. However, even though you won't find the word "slave" in most modern translations of the Bible, the concept is definitely there. I think every Christian needs to realize that we don't get to choose whether or not we want to be a slave. Every single person is a slave to something. We are either a slave to sin, or a slave to righteousness. If we are going to be a slave regardless, doesn't it make sense to choose to be a slave a righteousness? Our negative opinions of slavery won't change reality. Like it or not, we are all slaves to something. The beauty of it is that we get to choose what we want to serve.
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By Logan on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In his book "slave" John MacArthur uses a plethora of scripture to expose a "cover up" in the modern translations of the scripture. Retuning to the original languages and writing MacArthur shows how often the word slave is replaced by softer more autonomous phrases such as servant. While servant is a good word in does not convey the original message that scripture intended. To be a servant allows you to maintain a certain amount of uniqueness that allows me to be myself while still serving God. When I become a slave suddenly I am nothing but what my master wants me to be and that is all. This is a candid unapologetic look at our Identity in Christ and how we have allowed culture to dictate how nonchalantly we approach our life in Christ. This is a challenging book that is packed with scripture so the point has to be considered carefully. MacArthur asks you to view your life in Christ differently and transition from willing servant to sold out slave.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Did you know that the Bible you own is more than likely involved in a cover-up of biblical proportions? According to John MacArthur "centuries ago, English translators perpetrated a fraud in the New Testament, and it's been purposely hidden and covered up ever since. Your own Bible is probably included in the cover-up!"

What is that cover up? The use of the word servant instead of slave. The slave/master relationship is the key to understanding a right relationship with God. In fact, MacArthur believes that if this is understood many of his earlier works would have been moot (2). Through thirteen chapters MacArthur explores the theme of the slave/master relationship in the hopes that our relationship with the Lord would be more fulfilling and correct.

I am conflicted at how to review this book. I have learned a ton from John MacArthur. He certainly loves the Lord and has an enduring ministry that is passionate about proclaiming the truth of God's Word. At times his tone will put many people off. This same conflict is present in this book. In my opinion, MacArthur is a very faithful expositor, but is often given to overstatement and his tone can be quite off-putting.

Take this as an example. On the back cover it refers to this idea of being a slave as an "essential and clarifying revelation that may be keeping you from a fulfilling--and correct--relationship with God." Fair enough. But check out what MacArthur says on page 1. Referring to this concept of slave/master relationship he says it, "escaped me and almost everyone else". So, are we to conclude from this that until 2007 (when he discovered this) that his relationship with the Lord was incorrect and unfulfilling?
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