Paul's Passing Thoughts

Where’s Johnny? My Theory

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 12, 2012

The following was posted on the Puritan Board by “Damon” and has been previously echoed by the Wartburg Watch blog:

“I just noticed today that J. Mac is not going to be at T4G next year! What gives? Could it be related to the Rick Warren/John Piper issue?”

Bless your heart Damon, but no, MacArthur wouldn’t pass on an opportunity to hang out with Piper for anything.  My theory is the following: MacArthur is being punished for writing the book, “Slave.”

The book explores how the word “slave” has been mistranslated over the years to give more of an idea of employee rather than bond slave. In the book,  MacArthur departs from his past method of teaching; ie., presenting the information, and then applying it to our walk (practical application). The book is primarily, if not totally what, and not what now? Like the good New Calvinist that he is, MacArthur supplied an excellent, what all of that looks like, with virtually no life application. He also quotes several of his New Calvinist buddies, including NCT hack Douglas Moo, and John Piper more than once.

I haven’t done the math, but if somebody wants to, you might do a invites prior to Slave verses invites after Slave.  Even though Mac didn’t break the rules in Slave, the very name of the book implies a robust role for Christians in sanctification,  and the New Calvinist crowd will not tolerate that. Just a side note: Piper’s objection to Lordship-like terminology is well documented.

Just my theory.


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