- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (April 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785262636
- ISBN-13: 978-0785262633
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The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception Hardcover – April 3, 2007
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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.
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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.
MacArthur uses the tiny epistle of Jude as the expositional framework for his prophetic warnings. I would urge you to read this book and prayerfully consider his message. Some have commented they do not like his stringent tone. Whatever you perceive his tone to be, consider his message in light of biblical truth. MacArthur's strength has always been his pointed and fearless exposition of scripture.
I do have a couple of concerns. First, we all have a tendency to label people and lump them together in artificial categories. I am not aware of any membership cards in the Emerging (sometimes called "emergent") Church movement, and one might be tempted to think that every person named or quoted by MacArthur holds to some sort of standard doctrine of the Emerging Church movement. Clearly, some identified with this movement are saying and writing things to seriously put in question the authenticity of their Christian faith. Just as certainly, others who may be lumped into this same Emerging Church category are not apostate, though they may be less than articulate and clear in their theology. Second, reading some of the quotations, I feared that some may be taken a bit out of context to illustrate a point. That is not to say, however, that the point is invalid. Don't get hung up on the names and personalities; just read what MacArthur has to say about the Bible and verify it by the absolute truth of the Bible itself. This is a good and an easy read.
In a nutshell, here are some lessons in this book:
* We tend to go to extremes. While Modernism may be being replaced by Post-Modernism (whatever that turns out to be!), and we need to sensitive to changes in culture, we do not have to change our theology to reach people of any culture or generation. Let's be sensitive to the times, but let's not sell the farm just to be trendy.
* Truth is always true. No matter what the spirit of the age, there is no absolute authority apart from the Bible.
* There is no new thing under the Sun. The evolving theology of the Emerging Church movement is quite similar to the development of liberal Protestant theology in the last half of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries.