John MacArthur: The Nonnegotiable Scripture

Martin Luther’s rediscovery of the teaching of reason by belief alone was triggered by his have to be discovered exemplary in the view of God. His “evangelical breakthrough” compelled him to review his standing prior to God in addition to challenge ethical as well as doctrinal corruption in the church. This session clarifies why the teaching of reason by belief alone is main to the message of the scripture currently as well as in the future. It considers exactly what obstacles to this main component of the scripture Christians that prefer to see a brand-new improvement could encounter.

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  1. Dear John MacArthur,

    I dearly enjoy your sermons. I have learned so much from them. And whats' more, I can always go to my Bible and seek further understanding afterwards. While I do not always agree with everything you teach (maybe due to my own ignorance), I must say that your love for the Lord and your willingness to speak truth to power is an inspiration.
    As much as I enjoy the fellowship I have found in many of these posts, I feel you would be better served to disable the comments. Too many wicked people come here to prey on young believers. Many hate you because they hate Christ. Too often your rebukes hit them right between the lies. I believe the Holy Spirit moves you to speak the gospel and I love you for it, as a brother in the Lord. But I fail to see the wisdom in giving the jackals a forum in which to use filthy language and blaspheme our Lord and Saviour.
    Just one man's opinion.
    Either way Keep teaching and we will keep learning.
    God Bless You Brother John.

  2. Luther taught that we are justified by "faith alone," faith without works. However, citing Abraham's example, James wrote: "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" (James 2:24). The apparent conflict clears when you understand that "works" means different things in different contexts.

    Abraham's works was his obedience. By or through faith he made the critical choice, to obey:
    "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went" (Hebrews 11:8).

    Abraham received the blessings because he obeyed, not because he had faith. The Lord explained this to Abraham's son Isaac: "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws" (Genesis 26:5).

    Would Abraham have received the blessings by having faith in the promises but staying home? Of course not! That would have been dead faith, faith without works, faith without obedience. Abraham's "works" was his obedience.

    James wrote about Abraham:

    "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" (James 2:22-24).

    Did Abraham receive the blessings, justification and imputed righteousness by "faith alone," by just thinking God's promises were true? No! He was a believer. In the true and complete sense of the word believe he obeyed, he acted on his faith. His obedience made his faith alive and "perfect" or complete.

    Please realize this: those three verses from James show that true believing is more than "faith alone"!

    Do we receive saving grace by "faith alone," simply thinking/trusting this or that is true? No! Jesus is "the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him" (Hebrews 5:9).

    And who is it that receives the holy spirit: is it those who have "faith alone"? No! "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him" (Peter, in Acts 5:32).

    Those who choose to obey are given the holy spirit to help and guide them in their obedience. So, how do we obey? God "now commands all men every where to repent" (Acts 7:30). We must choose to come to God. How do we come to that choice? Through faith: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6).

    It is the choice we make – to come to God – that matters, not just having faith that God is real and rewards them that seek Him, etc.

    Through the ransom Jesus made available on the cross, His life for ours, we can (by grace) be redeemed from the death penalty we have earned (Romans 6:23) for our past sins . . . IF we'll choose to turn from living apart from God, to turn from sin that earned us the death penalty in the first place. Without repentance, we remain unredeemed from the death penalty earned for past sins . . . and we will surely perish in death for those sins. That's why Jesus warned, saying "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5).

    Those who preach "faith alone" are misrepresenting Jesus and deceiving many. After His resurrection Jesus appeared to His disciples. Notice what He told them to preach:

    "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:45-47).

    Did Jesus tell them to preach "faith alone"?

    Let's go to Ephesians 2:8-10 for more about "works":
    "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

    Note that the passage says "by grace are ye saved through faith." It does not say "by grace are ye saved just by having faith." As we saw in Hebrews 11:6, it is through faith that we can choose to "come to God."

    "Works" means different things according to the context. The "works" Paul referred to in Ephesians 2:9 was "good works" or good deeds as seen in verse 10. Neither these, nor "the works of the law" (circumcision, etc, from Paul's letters to the Romans and Galatians) can ever "earn" grace or justification. Abraham's "works" was yet another type of works: simple obedience through faith. Abraham's obedience made his faith alive and complete, making him a believer. For that, he was justified to God, righteousness was imputed to him and he received the promised blessings.

    Those who abide in a relationship with Jesus (John 15:1-6) are becoming "his workmanship" (Ephesians 2:10): the relationship with Him "yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them that are exercised thereby" (Hebrews 12:11; Rev 3:19). This is sanctification, saving us from slavery to sin. As they become the "new man" Paul wrote about, they are learning to keep the commandments. And they produce good works because it is becoming their nature to do so. Those good works in no way earn justification, but they are evidence of faith made alive – and of the holy spirit received – through obedience.

    Redemption (from the death penalty we've earned for sin, Romans 6:23) is available by grace IF we'll obey and come to God in repentance, choosing to turn from sin that earned us the death penalty in the first place. Jesus made that redemption available when he provided a ransom – His life for ours – on the cross (re: Matthew 20:28, Hosea 13:14).

    Forgiven and redeemed, we stand justified. Jesus' righteousness is imputed or credited to us. If we actully were righteous there would, of course, be no need to impute righteousness to us. So, do we now coast along in sin, assuming Jesus' righteousness covers us, assuming Jesus did it all for us on the cross, assuming we're "saved," done deal? Oh no. Remember: we are becoming "his workmanship." We must choose to abide in Him and choose to continue in repentance as He leads us out of slavery to sin (John 15:6; 2 Peter 1:10, 11; Phil 2:12).

    Jesus finished making a ransom available on the cross, but His work is not finished. Many years afer His resurrection He said to His churches, His people: "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent" (Revelation 3:19). An ongoing relationship with Him "yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them that are exercised thereby" (Hebrews 12:11).

    We are expected to follow His example and overcome, just as He overcame:

    "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne" (Revelation 3:21).

    "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Revelation 21:6).

    "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7).

    "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death" (Revelation 2:7).

    Jesus is at work right now, creating sons and daughters for the Father's eternal family. Are you in?

  3. Please don't listen to this fool. He preaches lordship salvation saying God only died for the elect, not the world and to persevere to the end to prove you're saved. Why does the Bible say in Romans 4:5 but to him that worketh not but believeth on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Trust in Jesus alone and he saves you forever regardless how you live your life. That's the good news Jesus shed his blood on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead if you believe that you're saved and saved forever. Nothing YOU DO MATTERS in regard to salvation!!! John NO GOOD McArthur will be judged by all his good works oh by which are filthy rags.

  4. The gospel TALES were NOT written by "eyewitnesses". They were written DECADES LATER and in places hundreds of miles away from the decades earlier suppose Jesus event. There is a possibility that they MIGHT contain SOME traces of material from POSSIBLE "eyewitnesses" to the decades earlier supposed magical jesus, MAYBE. BUT: on historical grounds, we don't actually know if so, or how much, or what changes that material may have undergone between the point of origination, and the time of the gospel tale writing DECADES LATER. All this means that, historically, we can't simply take at face value what the STORIES narrate and claim.

    Besides that HUGE MESS OF UNCERTAINTIES with the gospel tales' material………
    The gospel TALES contain many things, that were prevalent of the mythic tales of the gods back in the ancient Mediterranean milieu, such as: miraculous births, miraculous feedings, walking on water and calming the seas, raising the dead, post mortem appearances and ascending/descending from the clouds. These are ALL things that were said of the mythical gods and superheroes back in ancient times. In other words, the gospel TALES have MANY MYTHIC SOUNDING TALES in them that clearly come from the mythic tales of their day and age. (by the way, mythic beliefs about mere mortals being gods, can develop VERY fast, behold Acts 14:11-13 )

    Yes, there probably was a MERE MORTAL NON-magical Jesus at the core of the stories, upon who tons of legend and mythic embroidery was built up around, as was often done back in that time and place.

    But a magical water walking, magical food multiplying, death defying, cloud riding, post mortem peek a boo playing "son of god" ?, Ha ! – ONLY IF you ALSO believe all that sort of crap about other beings told back in ancient times.

  5. What makes anyone of you that think that "proper doctrine" or "sciences and systems of theology" have ANYTHING to do with GOD Who is SPIRIT?

    The ones who fight over "proper doctrine" know Jesus the LEAST.

    "I know My Own and My Own know Me."

    "Oh, that doesn't happen today they say…"

    End of the road for you then.

  6. Hail Satan who art in Darkness, unholy is Your name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Hell. Give me this day Thy Dark power and Curse all those who trespass against me. Lead me on the path to temptation and deliver me into Evil, for Thine is Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever and ever. GLORIA IN EXCELSIS SATANAS AETURNUS 666!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Heretic MacArthur's entire ministry is seriously flawed, & this false prophet, is WRONG on the most important Christian doctrine of all—Jesus precious, literal, liquid, blood! No genuinely saved person would ever deny the redemptive power of Jesus' physical blood! Affirmed in Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” It's The Blood Of Jesus!. Yet John denies it.

  8. My thoughts are, when any Christian leader starts writing a lot of books explaining the Bible you have to be careful, even John MacArthur. The best thing to do is just read the Bible directly. And I think most Christian books are mostly right. But people are reading way too many Christian books from Christian writers and not enough of the Bible directly.


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