JOHN MACARTHUR - MAINSTREAMING PAGANISM IN THE CHURCH
MAINSTREAMING PAGANISM IN THE CHURCH
John MacArthur has a reputation for being a doctrinally sound expositor of God’s Word and a defender of the faith against apostasy. Yet Jesus warned His disciples not to judge ministers by their image but to inspect their fruit instead:
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. ...A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:16-20)
John MacArthur preaches against the Emergent Church and its doctrinal errors, however, his popular book, Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, is replete with references to the heretical works of Gnostic, modernist and postmodern scholars who deny the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Many of these scholars are rabidly anti-Christian and their works, which MacArthur recommends as authoritative, are filled with slander and blasphemy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For example, John MacArthur favorably references Dale B. Martin’s book, Slavery as Salvation, because it likens the Christian life to the abusive institution of slavery in the Roman Empire. Dale B. Martin is Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, an admitted homosexual and author of a blasphemous book titled Sex and the Single Savior which portrays Jesus as a homosexual. Prof. Martin’s true identity is never disclosed in Slave.
Another scholar whose translation of Gnostic writings is recommended by MacArthur is Bart D. Ehrman, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof. Ehrman is a New Testament critic who claims that he was an evangelical Christian until he discovered “errors” in the Bible. Dr. Ehrman now writes books which debunk the New Testament and advocate for Gnostic forgeries such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot to replace the New Testament canon.
Slave is a best-seller among young Christians who are led to believe that the sources referenced therein are Christian books, or at least neutral historical sources. Theological heretics Dale Martin and Bart Ehrman are only two of many academics of the “Jesus Seminar” variety whose scholarship is recommended without an honest identification or disclaimer to warn the reader. By concealing the identity and agenda of his sources, John MacArthur is deceptively promoting Gnostic books and the Gnostic heresy to many young Christians who are not yet established in the faith.
John MacArthur also writes books and articles and preaches eloquent sermons against Paganism, but then sponsors youth events that are covertly pagan. Every summer John MacArthur and Grace Community Church host a youth camp and church carnival at the end of July—Regeneration Camp—which happens to coincide with the pagan festival of Lugnasadh which is also the Celtic Druid “Festival of Regeneration.” The young people who attend Regeneration Camp spend a week learning and practicing pagan customs that are conditioning them to receive the mark of the Beast, which will be a pagan symbol. Reinforcing their deception, Pastor MacArthur has assured his church that those who take the mark of the Beast may still be redeemed.