"Be not carried
about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart
be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that
have been occupied therein." —Hebrews 13:9
Pastor John F. MacArthur is a dangerous man
doctrinally, and a false prophet. Some people will argue that Christians
ought to be working together instead of against each other; however, that
mentality is exactly how the Devil succeeds at removing the old landmarks.
Things are not always as they seem. Much sinful compromise is justified
under the falsehood of unity. Romans 16:17 states, "Now I beseech
you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the
doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." MacArthur's
teachings are certainly offensive to the gift of eternal life and the
simplicity of God's salvation.
The problem is that Satan is relentlessly
working within the church to destroy it. Don't believe it?
Consider Revelation 2:13 concerning the church of Pergamos, "I know thy
works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is..."
We are warned in 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15 that Satan transforms himself into
an angel of light, and his false ministers transform themselves into ministers of righteousness. Satan is a liar and a deceiver, and so
are his followers (John 8:44). Satan is not trying to corrupt the local
tavern, it's already corrupt; he's trying to corrupt the local New Testament
Church. Thus, Satan has infiltrated the modern church with numerous
false doctrines, which are ultimately aimed at corrupting the simplicity of
the Gospel (i.e., God's simple plan of salvation which is by grace through
faith alone in Jesus).
The Deadly Doctrines of John
Contradiction #1 on
In John MacArthur's sermons and books, he
woefully contradicts himself at times concerning certain fundamental doctrines
of the Christian faith. One such area is that of Eternal Security.
In his book, Faith Works: The Gospel According to the
Apostles, MacArthur states:
of lordship salvation I am aware of teaches 'that every Christian will
live a basically successful life until the end'" (pg. 179).
MacArthur need look no further than his own mirror
to find major contradictions in his teachings. In
Faith Works, he states:
Any doctrine of eternal security that
leaves out perseverance distorts the doctrine of salvation itself.
Heaven without holiness ignores the whole purpose for which God chose
and redeemed us. (pg. 182)
saying categorically that the essence of what it means to be a Christian
is to love Jesus Christ. In fact, there may be no better way to describe
the essential expression of the new nature than to say it is continual
love for Christ.
See also pp. 109-121, 123-38, 139-55, 157-73,
John MacArthur clearly teaches that every
believer is NOT assured a home in Heaven. According to MacArthur,
one's salvation is DEPENDENT upon the life he or she lives. This is
the damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation! Mr. MacArthur is
of the Devil. From examining the two preceding statements made by
John MacArthur, it can only be concluded that although MacArthur obviously
doesn't think a believer can live a sinless life; a believer must
nevertheless persevere in faith 'til the end of life to be saved.
The big question, then is, how much does a believer have to "persevere" to
make it to Heaven? Is this not the same heresy which Islam teaches?
Yes, it most certainly is! Muslims believe that Allah is capricious,
i.e., he is unpredictable. In Islam, a Muslim's salvation is
dependent upon the life he lives—you basically do your best and hope you
In Christianity, a believer's salvation is
rooted in the love and mercy of an awesome God, who offers salvation as a
free gift paid for by Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19); BUT in
Islam, a Muslim's salvation is rooted in self-righteousness to appease
Allah's wrath. John MacArthur has perverted the simplicity of the
Gospel, by requiring a holy life as a final step to complete salvation.
MacArthur has effectively turned salvation into a lifelong process.
How is this not works salvation? There is no simpler picture of
salvation than a gift. Romans 5:15 even calls salvation a "free
gift." If I offered you a gift; but then required you to do
something for years to come to obtain it, would that truly be a gift?
As simple as this truth is, tens-of-millions of people all
across the world have been deceived by Satan into thinking that one's
eternal salvation is CONDITIONED upon the life that they live. Shame
on you Mr. MacArthur! And shame on you foolish preachers who
unquestioningly support him. I realize that John MacArthur has
produced some excellent study materials on various issues, such as the
evils of alcohol, et cetera; however, the Jehovah's Witness cult
also produces some of the best literature exposing the sinful world that
I've ever read. This does not justify their hellish religion!
And neither does John MacArthur's good teachings qualify his damnable
heresies. There is no matter any more critical than the issue of
Again, John MacArthur deceitfully claims that
he believes in the Eternal Security of a believer; while
simultaneously teaching that only those who continue living holy lives
will go to heaven. Mr. MacArthur states...
is a great spiritual truth, but it should never be presented merely as a
matter of being once saved, always saved—with no regard for what
you believe or do. The writer of Hebrews 12:14 states frankly that
only those who continue living holy lives will enter the Lord's presence.
Living Here and Now (pg. 150).
Mr. MacArthur horribly perverts Hebrews 12:14,
by alleging that the Author of Hebrews was teaching that a believer must
continue in holy living in order to go to Heaven. LIES! The Word
of God is adamantly clear in Romans 4:5... "But to him that
WORKETH NOT, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly,
his faith is counted for righteousness." What are you talking
about Mr. MacArthur?
Hebrews 12:14 is speaking about our influence
upon other people. If we don't pursue peace with others, and live holy
lives, then lost sinners WON'T see the Lord in us. You are the only
Jesus someone knows. That person may go to Hell if they don't see the
Lord in you. As believers, we are supposed to be the light of the
world (Matthew 5:14). Jesus said in Matthew 5:13... "Ye are the
salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall
it be salted?..." Do you know what salt does to people? It
makes them THIRSTY! Christians are supposed to be the salt of this
sinful world, that cause lost sinners to thirst for God. Have you lost
your saltiness, i.e., savor? This is what Hebrews 12:14 means.
In sharp contrast, John MacArthur corrupts
Hebrews 12:14, claiming that a person cannot see God unless they continue in
holy living. Mr. MacArthur perverts this Scripture to mean that one's
salvation is dependent upon holy living. Clearly, John MacArthur is a
false prophet, who doesn't understand the Word of God. He is an
unsaved heretic, a Modernist who pretends to be a Christian. See also,
John MacArthur's heresy on the
blood of Jesus.
Dr. MacArthur confuses repentance with the fruits of
repentance, and confuses faith with that which faith ought to produce. He
confuses saving faith (which takes place in a moment of time—Genesis 15:6; Ephesians
1:13) with discipleship (which is a lifelong process).
As Miles Stanford has
“Lordship salvation is not
the childlike faith of John 3:16. It rightly insists upon repentance but
wrongly includes a change of behavior IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. No one
questions that there must be a sincere change of mind, a turning from
oneself to the Saviour, but Lordship advocates attempt to make behavior
and fruit essential ingredients of, rather than evidence of, saving
Stanford, in his review of The Gospel According to Jesus).
Tragically, churches all across America have
been duped by this wolf in sheep's clothing. Examples of MacArthur contradicting himself could be
multiplied. It seems that deep within he recognizes that what
he is saying is Biblically and practically flawed and so he knowingly or
unknowingly contradicts himself.
Contradiction #2 on
Romans 4:5 is so plain and simple that
it is incontrovertible (i.e., it cannot be denied)... "But to him that
worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is
counted for righteousness." It almost appears as if a ghostwriter
(i.e., another author) wrote the commentary for Romans 4:5 in MacArthur's Revised and Updated
"Study Bible," because it is accurate for a change:
“If salvation were
on the basis of one's own effort, God would owe salvation as a debt—but
salvation is always a sovereignly given gift of God's grace (3:24; Eph,
2:8,9) to those who believe.”
Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas
Nelson publishers, page 1699
The preceding commentary is 100%
accurate. It certainly appears that Mr. MacArthur doesn't
believe in Lordship Salvation, right? Wrong! Take a look at what
he says on page 93 of his book, Hard To Believe:
Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace Community Church has authored a heretical book titled, “
TO BELIEVE” in which he errantly teaches...
“Salvation isn't the result of an
intellectual exercise. It comes from a life lived in obedience and
service to Christ as revealed in the Scripture; it's the fruit of
actions, not intentions. There's no room for passive spectators: words
without actions are empty and futile...The life we live, not the
words we speak, determines our eternal destiny” (Hard to Believe,
p. 93). [emphasis added]
Ladies and gentlemen, what you have just read
is works salvation. Now in fairness to Dr. MacArthur, who is a gifted
teacher (but bad Bible student), he has attributed the
previous quote to a publishing error and has
updated the quote. Here is the new updated quote...
“Don’t believe anyone who
says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own
Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing.
Salvation isn’t gained by reciting mere words. Saving faith transforms the
heart, and that in turn transforms behavior. Faith’s fruit is seen in
actions, not intentions. There’s no room for passive spectators: words
without actions are empty and futile. Remember that what John saw in his
vision of judgment was a Book of Life, not a book of Words or Book of
Intellectual Musings. The life we live, not the words we speak,
reveals whether our faith is authentic.” [emphasis added]
Dr. John MacArthur, Grace To You, an
updated quote from his book 'Hard To Believe', page 93.
At a glance, the preceding quote sounds
impressive. It certainly seems proper to authenticate one's profession of
faith with a life of good works. It appeals to our sinful human nature to
attempt to please God by our own self-righteousness. The true nature of
MacArthur's deadly teaching becomes more apparent when you only consider the
first two lines of his quote...
“Don’t believe anyone who says
it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God
His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the
Is that Biblical? No, it is not. MacArthur foolishly teaches that it
is hard to become a Christian, because he says it will
cost you your life of worldliness, sinful bad habits and selfish
ambitions to make your faith valid. Clearly he does not believe
that faith alone in Christ is enough to be saved. MacArthur deceitful says
that mere words won't save, which is true if they are insincere words;
however, the thief on the cross was saved immediately when he spoke the
words, “Remember me” to Jesus (Luke 23:42). We are saved solely by faith in
Christ, which may or may not be expressed by words. Words are not required
to be saved. We are saved the moment we believe in our heart that Jesus is
the Christ Who died FOR OUR SINS on the cross and rose (1st Corinthians
The Devil is so subtle. False prophets know
that adding works to salvation is blatant heresy, a lie. So what they do is
instead say that you're saved by grace through faith, but your faith is not
valid unless there are works to make that faith credible (or to authenticate
it). This is a backdoor approach to a works-based salvation.
The following excellent information
refuting Lordship Salvation is by Dr. Ray Stanford (1916-2012), from his
classic book, “Handbook
of Personal Evangelism”...
Just as you receive the Saviour by
faith and He becomes YOUR Saviour, when you allow Christ to
control your life, He becomes YOUR LORD. There is an
increasing number of "evangelicals" today who are preaching
that in order for a man to be saved he must not only receive
Christ as his Saviour, but also must make Him absolute Lord
and Master of his life.
This doctrine has
been termed "Lordship salvation" and has absolutely no support
from the Word of God. It is, in fact, another subtle way Satan
has invented to get Bible-believing men to add works to
salvation without, perhaps, their realizing it, and to do it
in such a way that it sounds spiritual and good.
What could SOUND
more spiritual or honoring to the Lord than statements like:
"Either Christ is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all. And
if He is not Lord then He is not your Saviour. You are lost.
You must turn over all the strings of your life to Him-then He
will save you. Give your life to Him if you want to be truly
saved." This is what is taught.
The truth of the
matter is that salvation is not a "give" proposition at all;
it is a "take" proposition. We don't give our hearts, lives,
wills, or anything else to God in order to get Him to save us.
This would be a form of bribery, a way of meriting or
deserving to be saved-but God says salvation is "NOT OF
OURSELVES"-and especially, it is not offering anything to God.
receiving! We simply receive His Son. John 1:12 says, "But as
many as RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power (the right) to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His
Name." God does the giving. We do the receiving.
of Personal Evangelism,” by Dr. Ray Stanford, page
Amen and amen!
Kindly, MacArthur is spiritually
dangerous, because he hides heresies between doctrinal truths,
which are the hardest to expose. My friend, it is very easy to be saved,
so easy in fact that 3,000 people got saved in one day in Acts
2:41. You don't have to give your life (as Christ gave His life)
to be saved! If it were true, then salvation would be the result
of partial faith in Christ plus human effort. To lay such a heavy burden upon
a sinner's shoulder,
requiring them to validate their faith by the way in which they live, is to make salvation
HARD, VERY, HARD; but Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is
light.” (Matthew 11:30). If you always keep in mind that eternal life is
a free gift, paid for by Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:18-19), then you
won't be misled.
Lies! Look what MacArthur says on
page 1973 in his Revised and Updated "Study Bible" concerning 1st John
5:13, the phrase, "that you may know that you have eternal life":
brethren's departure left John's congregations shaken (2:19). He assured
those who remained that since they adhered to the fundamentals of the
faith (a proper view of Christ, obedience, love), their salvation was
Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas
Nelson publishers, page 1973
Here MacArthur gives the impression
through his comments that a believer's salvation is dependent upon the life he
lives. Again on page 1439 of MacArthur's Revised and Updated "Study Bible," concerning Matthew 24:13, the phrase "endures to the end... be
saved," he states:
“To say that God
secures our perseverance is not to say that we are passive in the
Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas
Nelson publishers, page 1439
Scripturally, a believer has absolutely
nothing to do with keeping one's salvation. The term "perseverance" is a
bad term when speaking of salvation, because a believer DOESN'T have to
persevere in the faith to remain saved. A person who has no faith in the
Lord today, but claims to have once been a Christian, is a liar. The
second birth (i.e., being born again) is as irreversible as the first birth.
Many people adopt the philosophy of Christianity, but never actually repent,
turning in belief to the Savior for forgiveness of sins. The
"Perseverance of the faithful" is a false doctrine, popularized by the heretic
John Calvin (i.e., Calvinism).
Which is it Mr. MacArthur? Your
commentary on Romans 4:5 is diametrically opposed to your comments elsewhere
concerning salvation. It certainly appears that MacArthur is trying to
appease both sides of the theological spectrum.
There is a fine line between the
turning from sin that genuine repentance brings; verses the turning from sin
that false prophets require for people to get saved.
Contradiction #3 on
the Blood of Jesus
In John MacArthur's sermons and
books, he woefully contradicts himself at times concerning certain fundamental
doctrines of the Christian faith. Another such area is that of the Blood of Jesus. I've had several web visitors write to
me, and tell me to look at the following web link, featuring a letter written
by John MacArthur to his constituents in 1988, where he attempts
to defend his heresy on the blood...
Ironically, the very letter that John MacArthur
uses to justify his heresy on the blood, condemns him!
Here are the very words of John MacArthur, from the above article (close to
the bottom of his own letter):
is not the actual liquid that cleanses us from our sins, but the work of
redemption Christ accomplished in pouring it out.” —Dr. John MacArthur
What blasphemy!!! John
MacArthur accuses Bob Jones university of starting a smear campaign against
him; however, MacArthur's own words stand in testimony against him. This
has nothing to do with Bob Jones, or anyone else. This has to do with
the heresy which John MacArthur, himself, teaches concerning the precious
blood of Jesus Christ. The Word of God clearly states in 1st Peter
1:18-19 that it is the blood of Jesus Christ which saves us (see also 1st John
1:7; Colossians 1:14 and Hebrews 9:12 in the King James Bible).
The Lord told Moses in Exodus 12:13
that he was going to look for the lamb's BLOOD when He came through Egypt
(i.e., the Passover)...
"...and when I
see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to
destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." —Exodus 12:13
The sacrificed lamb WASN'T
sufficient enough! God wasn't looking for the dead lamb; He was
looking for THE BLOOD! John MacArthur states in a letter written
to his constituents in 1988, "I Believe in the Precious Blood"; BUT then totally
contradicts himself by stating that the PHYSICAL blood of Jesus has no
significance. Blasphemy! Hebrews 9:12 calls Mr. MacArthur a dirty,
rotten, big liar...
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."
In December 1989, the Bible
Broadcasting Network terminated Dr. MacArthur's "Grace to You"
program. In explaining that step, BBN president Lowell Davey
referred to MacArthur's teachings on "Lordship Salvation,"
"Hyper-Calvinism," and the blood of Christ. He called
these teachings "confusing." In a letter dated January 15,
1990 Davey cited a "drift by Dr. MacArthur to a theological
position that we could not adhere to" and said his series on
election "convinced us that the direction of 'Grace to You' was
John MacArthur is embattled in an ongoing controversy concerning
the efficacy of the LITERAL liquid blood of Jesus. MacArthur
states: “It was not Jesus’ physical blood that saves us” (John
MacArthur, D.D., "The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on
Hebrews," Moody, 1983, p. 237). In the May 1976 issue of the
Grace to You family paper that is distributed to his church,
MacArthur published an article titled "Not His Bleeding, but His
Dying." In this, MacArthur plainly stated that it is not the
blood of Christ that saves. Yet, somehow MacArthur
maintains that he still views the blood of Christ as "precious."
How can anyone view something as "precious" if they don't see
it's literal value?
It seems that deep within John
MacArthur recognizes that what
he is saying is Biblically and practically flawed and so he knowingly or
unknowingly contradicts himself. Either way, MacArthur is teaching
damnable doctrines and needs to be exposed for the false teacher he is...
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was
needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly
contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." —Jude 1:3