- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Nelson Books; First Edition edition (April 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780785262633
- ISBN-13: 978-0785262633
- ASIN: 0785262636
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception Hardcover – April 3, 2007
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John MacArthur, the author of numerous best-selling books that have touched millions of lives, is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and president of The Master's College and Seminary. He is also president of Grace to You, the ministry that produces the internationally syndicated radio program Grace to You and a host of print, audio, and Internet resources. He authored the notes in the Gold Medallion Award-winning The MacArthur Study Bible. For more information, contact Grace to You at 1-800-55-GRACE.
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To borrow an adage used by another pastor equally attentive to proper teaching: "Rat poison is 98 percent corn. It's the 2 percent that isn't that kills." We are not rats and the word of God is not corn, but false teaching has a way of starting out with truths, then re-orients the undiscerning hearer into destruction. MacArthur demonstrates Biblically how our war is to avoid the trap of false teaching (prosperity gospel today for one) and to walk victoriously by the real gospel of the Christ who passed through Calvary.
I heard different views regarding how accurate MacArthur's interpretation of the emergent church really is. But nonetheless, his views on upholding truth should be an important practice for Christians. As much as there are emerging churches out there that are doing God's work in an ethical manner, it's undeniable that there are also lost Christians who have been deceived by prosperity gospel preaching churches, heretic organizations, or even overly liberal emerging churches. They've never truly been born again, or are following a false version of the gospel. In this case, we must help them.
This book explores the importance of standing up for truth and defending it with great biblical passages, examples, and stories from past history. If you truly have a love for the word of God, then you will fight for it, no matter how "fundamentalist" or exacting you may appear. People's eternity is at stake, and we should always remember that fact.
In all, I highly recommend this book. It's one that I would give out to every Christian if I had the money. It's good for both evangelists, bible study teachers, and any Christian willing to expand God's Kingdom in this world.
"False teachers aren't necessarily even that obvious. They don't wear badges identifying themselves as apostates. They usually try hard not to stand out as enemies of truth. They pretend devotion to Christ and demand tolerance from Christ's followers."
Christians concerned about the church may want to also read these other books by MacArthur: Anatomy of a Church, Ashamed of the Gospel and Reckless Faith.