I’m not the usual blogosphere fanboy of John Macarthur. I appreciate the good contribution he made to my own life, especially right after seminary. Several of his books and talks are outstanding. I love his take on Church/State issues. (See his series on Titus.) I appreciate books like Ashamed of the Gospel and many others.
But I have a lot of disagreements, too. I’m not a dispensationalist. I don’t get his view of the relationship of faith and works at all. I think he’s got some law/Gospel issues, but so do a lot of us. I’m sure we’d disagree on plenty of other things. With whatever criticisms I have, and some of the critical comments I’ve made on here regarding his views on the Gospel and culture (that tie comment still gets me), I still count him as way up the list of good guys.
So this segment of Macarthur on TBN is something to be savored. Yeah, that TBN. Apostasy central. Kirk Cameron feeds him the ball and Macarthur dunks it more than once. Yeah, I don’t like Hard to Believe and there’s some quibbles here, but seriously folks, how many in the TBN audience get THIS Gospel presented to them? Ever?
When Macarthur explains how Christ is our substitute and our righteousness, it’s just perfect.
I have to wonder what the regular TBN cast of prosperity pimps was doing while this interview was happening. Macarthur tells more truth in this segment than you generally hear from that stage in a decade.
Thank God for Pastor Macarthur’s willingness to go into this forum and proclaim the Gospel.