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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 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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The Emergent Church is creating havoc within Christendom. Like Gnosticism and the Judaizers of the early church, the blantant error that is coming in like a flood into the modern-day church needs to be brought under the truthful light of Scripture, where it will not survive. That can only happen when faithful and courageous Christians are willing to call into question the very things that are being espoused. Paul, Jude, James, Peter - none of these men hesitated to call error error. Paul especially named names. There MUST be a willingness among Christians today to stand against the error in whatever form it comes. The Bereans even applied Paul's teachings to the litmus test of the Scriptures and it did not bother Paul at all. In fact, he seemed to applaud it! Yet, when what is being taught today is questioned, then those asking the questions are accused of being "legalists," "hatemongers," or "divisive." If this is so, then certainly Christ was "divisive" as was Paul, Jude, James, Peter and numerous others who stood against the tide of lies that literally sprang from Satan's domain.
Too often in today's desire to be ecumenically "inclusive," not only are lies allowed, but they are often encouraged, as if the lie itself does no harm and is simply a matter of denominational variance. In truth, many of the lies that are being promulgated by Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, Rick Warren and others attack the very foundation upon which Christianity rests!
Dr. MacArthur's book could not have come at a more appropriate time in the life of the church. I pray that its message will be heeded by true Christians everywhere. The fight for truth is not an option.
Having been saved at the age of 30 out of an atheistic background, I have been astonished by the lack of Biblical belief and obedience by the majority of Christians in America. My husband and I have taught prayer to 24 denominations in 21 states and have found an appalling lack of love for Jesus, for prayer, for obedience to Christ, and for Biblical truth. We've often wondered in the last 29 years whether we're insane. We are often alone, often persecuted, yet madly in love with Jesus!
This book, more than anything else, has answered the question "are we insane?" with a resounding, "no!" We are not insane to stand up for the absolute truth of the Word of God. We are not insane to judge Christian leaders by that truth. We are not insane even though we often feel so alone! Jesus Christ is worthy. He has always been resisted by those who oppose Him.
We are forever grateful to Dr. MacArthur for giving us a historical perspective of the opposition to "the Truth" and for giving us so much needed support. I will never be so easily disuaded from standing for the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. This book is a life saver for me and for my husband! I know, now, that I ought to expect this kind of perversion of truth, I ought to count in pure joy to suffer persecution for Christ's sake, and I must continue speaking the truth in love knowing full well that many will not receive it.
More persecution lies ahead as the days grow more wicked. May Jesus Christ be pleased with my life and service! May I hear from Him, "Well done, my good and faithful servant!" And may you, too, hear those wonderful words!
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
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.