Friday, February 11, 2011

John MacArthur

Like many of you, I have been heavily influenced by John MacArthur. His books on the lordship salvation issues greatly shaped my thinking during my college years and eventually led me to embrace reformed theology. Tim Challies asked Pastor MacArthur fifteen questions and posted his answers on his blog. Pastor MacArthur's answers are full of wisdom, grace and a love for God's Word. I was convicted and encouraged as I read. He addresses, among other things, the new reformed movement, charismatics, evolution and the need for long term pastoral ministry in one place based on the preaching of God's Word.

First Ten Questions

Second Set of Five Questions

Kevin DeYoung also posted some quotes about contemporary preachers from Hughes Oliphant Old's seven volume history of preaching. There are several interesting quotes, but the last one about John MacArthur is very insightful and shows how God chooses the foolish things of this world to shame the wise. Here is the blog post.

May God grant the next generation many more pastors like John MacArthur who cling without apology to the Word of God.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8