Paul's Passing Thoughts

Got MacArthur? The Need for “The Church Lie” Publication and a Call Out to Our Readers

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 9, 2018

Updated CoverJohn MacArthur Jr. still represents the evangelicalism of our age regardless of the radical changes in church landscape since the 70s. Most of MacArthur’s detractors, especially the anti-lordship salvation crowd, basically believe the same thing he believes without realizing it. Their ignorance is truly annoying. All in all, church is church, and the problem with church is church; and specifically, its false gospel.  This isn’t rocket science; the church’s vast variety of bad fruit flows from its false gospel. And while proclaiming a doctrine that calls for a worse assessment of itself  than the lost culture, it proclaims itself to be the world’s moral compass.

Why? Because it points to Jesus as the only one who possesses morals. That is, as Al Mohler proudly proclaimed at this year’s SBC convention, the church is returning to its “confessional roots.” Viz, stated simply, the church doesn’t practice anything, they only preach, and its evil fruit should be no surprise whatsoever. Yes indeed, “The church needs to preach the gospel and stop trying to be the gospel.” Yes indeed, “Pointing to our testimony is to point to us and not Jesus.” Yes indeed, “It’s not about what we do, but what Jesus has done.” This is the very thesis of Michael Horton’s book, Christless Christianity in which he bemoans the fact that church still points to its testimony rather than its confession. And what is that confession? That ALL people, whether lost are saved, are evil, and what saves us is the knowledge of that evil as set against God’s goodness (holiness, if you will). Sound familiar? How is this not “the knowledge of good and evil” religion first introduced in the garden by the serpent? By the way, it is also the very first sentence in the Calvin institutes, 1.1.1. The whole of the Institutes is predicated on the idea that ALL true wisdom is knowledge about “God and ourselves.” Also, it is the church’s metaphysical construct for interpreting all reality.

Over the past ten years, our ministry has written, I think, around 4,000 articles, not including books and program presentations, regarding the unthinkable: that Western culture is subject to the same mass deceptions that other cultures display. Of course,  Western arrogance that denies such is cognitive dissonance of the highest order. The hugest problem this ministry has is getting past the fact that most Christians have NO foundational learning that leads to the obvious because such information has been deliberately excluded from church for hundreds of years. In the same way, world philosophy has been excluded from public schools or else there wouldn’t be a Democrat Party nor would Socialism exist.

Seriously, in my last gig in the church, I taught a class where I strived to make the soteriology issue as simple as I could. I practically brought in a doll set and was like, “Here is Mr. Justification, and one day he had lunch with Mr. Sanctification, and oh my! what did they talk about?” No matter how hard I tried to simplify it with these people that have been in church all of their lives, they just couldn’t understand it. Now granted, due to the authority issue, they had never heard anything like that from their pastor so they assumed it was all bunk and not worth any effort to understand. Yep, there is that for sure.

Not all that long ago, I was at a pastor’s retreat with about 20 Baptist pastors, and trust me, not one of them would know the gospel if you painted it on a 2×4 and smacked them on their face with it. You would think that justification by new birth rather than the law (justification by faith) would be easy enough to understand, but not so. They just couldn’t get it.

With all of this said ten years later, I think I have landed on a project that will make a serious dent in the problem. As some of you may know, the most recent series/project is a book Andy and I are going to publish. We fully intend to have copies in print by the 2018 TANK conference, and at this point, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. The book addresses nine assumptions about church that all parishioners would take totally for granted; they think these nine are innately true. To see all nine denied in one book should attract attention. Furthermore, if the case can be made on any one of them, the concept of church falls. Moreover, a biblical replacement for church is recommended, and this is presented as a new frontier in our day which I think is not an exaggeration.

Nevertheless, the book does have a target audience which doesn’t include those who have bought into authority as truth. Those people will NEVER be persuaded because truth isn’t the issue, WHO is proclaiming the “truth” is the issue; do they have authority? Until the very end of being a churchian, I am somewhat embarrassed to say, I thought the persuasion was in the truth itself. I actually thought what was being taught was evaluated, not who was teaching it. And folks, when it gets right down to it, sermons are not evaluated when delivered by an accredited pastor, what he says is taken as coming directly from God Himself, and if you are paying attention, such is being stated in broad daylight and massively reflected by shiny bobble heads.

For the first time in ten years, I feel like we have a project that defines our ministry, and a work we will want to pass out to searchers. While the case needs to be made, I want the book to be brutally to the point and as simple as possible to understand. So, I am asking our readers to contribute. Is this a work you would want to pass out to people? Were you able to understand everything, and if not, what is foggy? What articles have we written in the past that would be a good clarification and contribution?

Now back to MacArthur. I have been looking through articles to use for this project, and I think this one is a good one. I have copied and pasted it to the bottom of this post. It reminds us that the one of the premier evangelicals of our time proclaims exactly what we are saying in the book. Someone also shared a link in one of the comments concerning an article about church authority, and that is going to come in handy as well. The problem is the shear mass of data we have accumulated over the past ten years.

Again I think we have hit on something here, and any help and contributions would be greatly appreciated.

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In an article titled, “Whatever Happened to the fear of the Lord?” (http://www.gty.org/Blog/B160810  August 10, 2016), Pastor John MacArthur, without question the most notable evangelical of our day, states that “Christians” are unholy. Of course, the difficulty is in the utter simplicity of the issue.

Protestants believe that conversion is only a declaration by God as opposed to a holy state of being. Their definition of the new birth follows: one is gifted with the ability to see our sinfulness as set against God’s holiness. In contrast, the Bible emphasizes an effort to be more like God because we are also holy. True Christians sin because they are weak, not because they are still unholy and only changed positionally. Salvation is a state of being, not a mere legal declaration.

Protestants like MacArthur get tripped up on the law. They believe perfect law-keeping brings about eternal life / righteousness / justification / holiness. Supposedly, Jesus came to pay the penalty for our sins, and to live a perfect law-keeping life that can be imputed to us by faith. But the law cannot give life regardless of who keeps it. All sin is imputed to the law so Jesus could end it, and all of the sin imputed to it.

The true Christian is justified by new birth, not the law. Our focus is to fulfill the law by loving God and others with all of our heart, soul, and mind. Our focus is to use our temples to offer holy sacrifices to God through obedience to His word. All of the sin offerings were ended on the cross; our focus is the love offerings. In contrast MacArthur states:

When we see God as holy, our instant and only reaction is to see ourselves as unholy. Between God’s holiness and humanity’s unholiness is a gulf. And until a person understands the holiness of God, that person can never know the depth of his or her own sin. We ought to be shaken to our roots when we see ourselves against the backdrop of God’s holiness. If we are not deeply pained about our sin, we do not understand God’s holiness at all.

Without such a vision of God’s holiness, true worship is not possible. Real worship is not giddy. It does not rush into God’s presence unprepared and insensitive to His majesty. It is not shallow, superficial, or flippant. Worship is life lived in the presence of an infinitely righteous and omnipresent God by one utterly aware of His holiness and consequently overwhelmed with his own unholiness.

Note that MacArthur only sees one distinction between the “born again” and humanity in general: an ability to see the depths of our sin. And, the sole focus of “worship” is also our own sinfulness. This puts MacArthur squarely in the same camp as those who published the “Cross Chart” that illustrates progressive justification.

So-called saints primarily focus on one thing: a deeper and deeper realization of our own sin. Obviously, any notion that we have any goodness at all would diminish the cross by raising the downward trajectory of the bottom line.

The apostle Peter and Jude both wrote that we are holy. Who is John MacArthur? Jude also wrote that the Lord will return to execute judgement on the unholy…those that the Protestants identify with.

It’s not complicated; if you are unholy you are unsaved.

paul

 

 

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  1. John said, on July 9, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    MacArthur is a devil who does not know the gospel unto salvation. Make of that sentence what you want. He has caused so much pain for so long that simply hearing his name is embarrassing and makes me want to shoot giraffes.

    Yes, Paul and Andy, your book is great. Since part of your target audience (I think) is those still caught up in the entire Protestant Freakshow (Calvinism, Reformed fantasy, Presbyterianism, The ACBC, etc.), I’d recommend a clear early distinction between Protestantism and the biblical truth. After all, Protestantism is just as wacko as Scientology, The Brethren, or Raëlism as a matter of fact. The reader should understand from the beginning that there is a huge irreconcilable divide between those who have been born again (the New Birth) and the rest. As such, the consequences of remaining in Protestantism should be made very clear: an eternity without God.

    MacArthur and his liars can go to hell for all I care, but there are dear souls in there who have been (yes, they should take blame too) hoodwinked by this devil and his little, power-hungry elves.

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