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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, 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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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.
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.