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Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ Hardcover – December 28, 2010
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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."
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?Read more ›
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Excellent. A must read for every christian to understand our relationship with Christ.Published 2 months ago by L Francis
Excellent book. It will change your perspective on being a servant.Published 4 months ago by Pastor
I really liked this book. Though it was challenging at times it spoke truth. I would recommend this book to anyone.Published 5 months ago by worth the read
If you do not read this book just pack your bags and go home. It's that greatPublished 6 months ago by Newby