Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Problem With John MacArthur Jr.

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 1, 2021

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  1. Oasis said, on February 2, 2021 at 6:20 AM

    One problem among many.


  2. aPerson said, on February 11, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    The problem with Tim Keller (someone I don’t follow on FB, but FB thinks I should feel otherwise): “There is a direct relationship between a person’s grasp and experience of God’s grace, and his or her heart for justice and the poor.”
    I am really starting to see how TANC calls this stuff gnostic. I like the guilt trip, with some abstract standard to go by. What does a “person’s grasp” “and experience of” even me? Naturally the ordinary person will say “how do I know I have enough, what is enough? How do I know I am legit?” The whole statement is loaded with assumption.


    • lydia00 said, on February 26, 2021 at 2:03 PM

      Tim Keller was all the rage a while back as The soft-spoken virtue signal that supposedly agreed with all sides in some sort of vague lofty way. His spiritual sounding word salads never set well with me.

      In your example, Tim Keller is setting himself up to be the person who does grasp it and has a heart for it so he can tell you what to think and do. There is the assumption of dualism in his comment but he, as the philosopher king, does not suffer from it. Lol


      • aPerson said, on February 28, 2021 at 1:41 AM

        Yes, I think the thing that would have immediately struck me was that underlying tone of arrogance. This is a guy that promotes himself as ‘Mr Humility.’ “I am so cantered”, “… a nicer evangelical than YOU!” It is also an incredibly simplistic view of the real world. Loaded in this vague generality is some sort of – I presume – intended insinuation you should support aide work and charitable activities. That seems to be the intended inference (on what sort of scale is he talking about here?). Well one can have a concern for the poor. But read the work of investigative journalist (there are actually still good journalists out there), and you will at a bare minimum second guess that aide and charity – especially in developing contexts – is even a good idea. There is so much corruption in that scene it is not funny. And corrupt regimes, warring and insurrectionist factions rely on aide and charity and vice versa and the cycle continues.


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