Dr. John MacArthur Confuses Discipleship With Salvation
By David J. Stewart | June 2017
Acts 15:1, “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and
said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”
One of the most popular religious teachers in America, who is widely recognized worldwide, is Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace Community Church in California. Sadly, Dr. MacArthur is a false prophet. It is a serious matter. There's a large independent Baptist Church down the street from me, aka, the Bob Jones University (BJU) crowd, who distribute Mr. MacArthur's Bible study materials to the congregation, poisoning the flock with false doctrine.
The following is a heretical quote directly from Dr. MacArthur...
The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus' message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God's righteousness. Our Lord's words about eternal life were invariably accompanied by warnings to those who might be tempted to take salvation lightly. He taught that the cost of following Him is high, that the way is narrow and few find it. He said many who call him Lord will be forbidden from entering the kingdom of heaven (cf. Matthew 7:13-23).
One of the first things that a master con-artist learns is that to deceive a person, you must fabricate a lie that is so close to the truth that is is not obvious, that is, a half-truth. Prolific author and high-ranking 33rd degree occult member Freemason, Manly P. Hall (1901-1990), makes the following truthful statement:With this truth in mind, let us go back and reexamine Dr. MacArthur's preceding statement on salvation.
“The half-truth is the most dangerous form of lie, because it can be defended in part by incontestable logic.”
SOURCE: “The Secret Destiny Of America,” page 195, by Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Freemason; 1944; ISBN: 0-89314-388-X; publisher: The Philosophical Research Society, Inc, Los Angeles, California.
MacArthur tells the following LIES:
- The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer.
- but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God's righteousness. Our Lord's words about eternal life were invariably accompanied by warnings to those who might be tempted to take salvation lightly.
- He taught that the cost of following Him is high,
Dr. MacArthur tells the following TRUTHS:
- Jesus' message liberated people from the bondage of their sin
- the way is narrow and few find it. He said many who call him Lord will be forbidden from entering the kingdom of heaven (cf. Matthew 7:13-23).
As you can see, MacArthur veils his lies with truths, confusing the average person. I am not saying that Dr. MacArthur is insincere. I don't know if he is or isn't. Personally, I think he is totally sincere, but deceived by the Devil. It is much easier to deceive people than it is to convince them that they've been deceived! MacArthur is deceived regarding repentance and the Gospel.
One of Satan's most effective weapons is the HALF-TRUTH!!! We see it used all the time to deceive people. Our text passage reveals that the Devil is a deceiver, who changes his appearance to victimize people. Satan's ministers (servants) are also transformed, changed from their true sinister character to appear as ministers of righteousness. Millions of clergy profess to be serving God; but in reality, they are serving Lucifer, the Prince Of Darkness. Satan himself is a HALF-TRUTH—being evil while appearing as good.
FIRST of all, Mr. MacArthur lies when He says that Jesus proclaimed a Gospel that called sinners to discipleship. The Holy Bible plainly defines “the Gospel” in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 as three things: Christ DIED on the cross for our sins, He was BURIED, and He bodily RESURRECTED from the dead the third day. This is “THE GOSPEL” by which we are saved if we “believe” (1st Corinthians 1:21; Romans 1:16). To “believe” means to “trust” upon the Lord, the Gospel, or Good News. Ephesians 1:12-13, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Isn't that beautiful? Yet, naive and ignorant pastors all across America and Guam, promote this false prophet, John MacArthur, who teaches a false Gospel of Lordship Salvation. And Shame on Bob Jones University!!! By selling and promoting the vile English Standard Version (ESV), which is translated from the corrupt Alexandrian texts, Bob Jones is promoting Lordship Salvation!!! The Sin Of Playing Church Verses Loving Truth (Bob Jones University, Moody Bible Institute, Hyles-Anderson College... games)
SECOND, MacArthur (as do Ray Comfort and Paul Washer), wrongly interpret Matthew 7:13-23 to refer to forsaking sinful ways as a requirement to be saved. A simple cross reference of Matthew 7:21 with John 6:40 gives us the true meaning. Let's look at both Verse shall we. Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” So there you have it, the will of the Father concerning salvation is to BELIEVE on the Son of God. There is no mention about self-reformation, that is, the manmade repentance garbage that Dr. MacArthur teaches.
THIRD, Jesus did teach that the cost of following Him is high (Luke 14:26-35), but that is discipleship and not salvation. Luke 14:33, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” But the Lord is talking about discipleship here, not the free gift of eternal life (salvation by faith). Honestly folks, I am amazed how corrupt these Lordship Salvation adherents are, totally ignoring key Scripture passages such as Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” If you understand this Scripture, which speaks of the blessed imputed righteousness of God, then it becomes abundantly clear that John MacArthur is a wicked man, a false prophet and unsaved himself. There is no way that John MacArthur can be saved as long as he believes he had to forsake sinful living to be saved.
John MacArthur is teaching doctrines of devils. 1st Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” If your Baptist church promotes John MacArthur, you are in a religious cult!!! Yes, Bob Jones University has become a big cult!!! They promote satanic Bible versions. Their graduates promote MacArthur and his ungodly Lordship Salvation. MacArthur also teaches that Jesus' precious blood soaked in the ground at Calvary and stayed there! MacArthur says that Jesus' precious blood is not on the Mercy Seat in Heaven. MacArthur will deceive you, claiming that the blood is precious, while at the same time denying that it exists in Heaven on the Mercy Seat (Hebrews 9:12, 22-24).
FOURTH, Jesus' Gospel was not a rebuke to religious people who live lives void of true righteousness. Jesus' Gospel was the only Gospel, the same Gospel that the apostle Paul delivered in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4... Salvation by faith alone in Jesus' death on the cross for our sins, His burial, and bodily resurrection three days later. That is THE GOSPEL! Adherents of Lordship Salvation teach that professed believers who lack outward righteousness are not truly saved. In other words, if you are not a follower of Christ, they say you aren't really saved. MacArthur mandates discipleship for sonship, which is utter heresy!
The Epistle of 1st John was written so that professed believers may “KNOW THAT YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE” (1st John 5:13). The emphasis of 1st John is not upon forsaking sinful bad habits; but rather, the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1st John 3:24). It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that changes a person's life, if they yield in obedience to the Word of God (Romans 12:1), choosing to walk in the Spirit instead of the carnal flesh. Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” But if we do sinfully choose to walk in the flesh, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20b). Once a person believes the Gospel and is born-again by the Word of God, they can NEVER lose God's salvation, no matter what!!!
Someone Ought to Write an Obituary for Bob Jones University, Who are Spiritually Dead
Does Bob Jones University care? Ha, no they don't. Do their shallow graduates care? Not the ones down the street from me. They hate me so much that they refused my three humble requests just to visit their church. That is not Biblical Christianity. That is a religious cult, whose pastors are serving mammon (financial gain), not God. Their pastors ought to be fired. I cannot wait until God shuns them away, gives them the cold shoulder, ignores them, calls them “a cult” and mistreats them as they have done me repeatedly. I am not bitter at them, I am bitter at false doctrine, false Gospels, false prophets and false Bibles!!! That's the Bob Jones University and Northland Baptist Bible College crowd. Shame! Shame on them all!
Do you think God is upset with me, for being upset that Bob Jones University and their bad graduates don't care about THE TRUTH? This Bible, that Bible, who cares, most of them are good, right? That is Bob Jones' attitude toward the Holy Bible, and it is nauseating. Bob Jones makes the retarded excuse that there cannot possibly be only one good English Bible. That's called a Red-Herring statement intended to misled people. What they won't tell you is that there are two entirely different Greek manuscripts, and the Alexandrian texts were put together by wicked men who denied Christ's deity. Only the Textus Receptus can be trusted, from which our beloved King James Bible was translated in 1611. Thank God for the inspired King James Bible!!!!!!!
Lordship Salvation Adds to the Gospel
Our text Verse from Acts 15:1 says that a group of false brethren came to town preaching a false Gospel, adding works to the Gospel. They taught that if you didn't get circumcised, you couldn't be saved. That is no different than Mr. MacArthur errantly teaching that if you don't leave your sins in the pew, you cannot come to Christ. Discipleship is not salvation! MacArthur wrests the Scriptures to his own destruction, and the damnation of tens-of-thousands of people who are deceived by his false theology.
The Holy Bible, that is, King James Bible, teaches that an admitted sinner is saved by simply BELIEVING on the Lord Jesus Christ. If you believe the Good News of Christ crucified, buried and risen, you are saved!!! Simply by faith receive Christ's sacrificial death on the cross as full-payment for your sins, believing that after being in the grave for three days, Jesus bodily raised up triumphantly. That's it! All you have to do to be saved is BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS my friend!!! That is “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). Kindly, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort and John MacArthur need to get saved!!!
And a whole bunch of Bob Jones' graduates need to get saved too!!! Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” Yes, the big Baptist church down the street from me even called me their “enemy,” but that's okay, I'm going to love them, pray for them, and keep standing for THE TRUTH for Christ, no matter what!!! While I'm exposing false prophets like Ravi Zacharias, the Bob Jones church down the street from me just invited and honored him. What apostasy in the church!!! I wave at my Bob Jones neighbours without fail in love, every time I see them, BUT NOT ONCE, have any of them ever waved back at me. I think I would cry if they ever did, rejoicing that just maybe there's hope for that dung heap they call “a church” down the street from me on Guam.
spirit of unkindness goes along with a spirit of error. A spirit of ingratitude goes along with indifference toward THE TRUTH. I'm hurt more than anything, that men who call themselves my Christian “brethren,” couldn't care less about the purity of God's words. Do you think God is pleased with them? Not a chance in the world! Psalms 138:2 teaches that God magnifies His Word above His name. So what does that make men who don't care enough about the Holy Bible to pick one and stick with it? Two different Bible versions CANNOT both be God's Word. That's why the doctrine of inspiration has been lost in the churches, because hardly anyone believes that we have God's inspired words today. But we do ladies and gentleman, in the precious King James Bible!!! God knows that I am a loving person, with a big heart, but I hate what God hates, every false way. Psalms 119:104, “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”
Mr. MacArthur is CONFUSING Discipleship with Salvation
The preceding quote by Dr. John MacArthur wrongly combines salvation with discipleship, perverting the Gospel. MacArthur says that the cost of following Christ is high, which is true, but that is discipleship and not the free gift of salvation. MacArthur confuses the two. Dr. Jack Hyles wonderfully explains true salvation, and exposes Lordship Salvation, in his classic sermon titled, “Steps In Sanctification; Or, The Root Of All Heresy!” ...
Although it is true that a sinner must submit to God's righteousness to be saved, it is NOT true that they must forsake sinful bad habits, which would constitute works for salvation. MacArthur is teaching manmade repentance, aka, self-reformation.
Here are some excellent helpful quotes which explain the big difference between salvation verses discipleship...
The following excellent information by Dr. Hank Lindstrom is from the helpful Christian website, Get God's Gift...
Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
“In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God,
and that obey not THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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