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James on The Tory Preacher John MacArthur

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I mentioned earlier that a group of bloggers have pointed out John MacArthur’s stance against the Libyan, Egyptian, and Tunisian rebellions as sinful. But as I have argued on Brian’s post, I think placing one’s rules (subjective and quite suspicious interpretation of Romans 13, for example) over that of the sanctity of life is the very defition of legalism that Jesus protested in such gospel passages as Mark 7.

James Bradford Pate shared on facebook, and now I would like to share it too, his post from 2008 when MacArthur said that the Revolutionary War was a bad thing. See here: John MacArthur on Voting, American Revolution.

He is well within his right to interpret Scripture in such a way, and in American history class, we know that the majority of American colonists were against the Revolution. There were reverends who preached that the colonists should submit to Tory rule. So, again, no argument that the history is not there. But is it necessary to call revolution and voting a sin?  I question such definition of sinfulness. If participation in democratic republic is such a sin, then participating in that nation’s economy is sinful as well, and by that I mean, having even the coinage which that government provides, let alone joining in the consumption of goods by selling and marketing  a study bible name after yourself.  As many political theorists keep pointing out, neo-liberal economics and democracy/representative government go hand and hand. You cannot just accept one without embracing the other, and that is what we are seeing in the Middle East (of Europe and the West) right now. So before Tory preachers say they are sinless by avoiding partaking in this democracy, let them re-consider  by first glancing at their wallets.  😉

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When Is It Okay To Take Away The Bible from Other Christians?

Well, I say the Church vote to take away the Bible from two so-called “Christians.”

Of course, Fred Phelps.

But now I submit we should also ensure that John MacArthur, possibly one of the worst exegetes eisegetes in U.S. Christian history (and that is saying a lot especially with segregation and slavery), needs to have the Bible taken away from him. No, I am serious.

MacArthur on the Middle East and non-violent protests versus horrible dictators:

“After all, who said democracy’s the best form of government?” he said. “No matter what the form of government is, the Bible doesn’t advocate anything but a theocracy. Any form of government is going to self destruct because you’re dealing with corrupt people, sinful people.”

That is his eisegetical reading of Romans 13. But of course, its only his interpretation that matters, that’s why he can dedicate an entire study bible named after himself.

Thanks to Christian for the heads up.


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Trusted By The Savior: A New Marketing Campaign for the LXX

Mark Stevens and T C Robinson are bemoaning the English Standard Version-onlyist movement’s latest attempts to win over the heart of evangelical Christianity.

But rather than waste my time complaining about a rather dishonest marketing ploy, I am going to one up them.

Today begins the start of a new marketing strategy.  I want to bring back the Septuagint, with the motto, “Trusted by the Savior.”  Wouldn’t you want to read the Bible that Jesus read, rather than any of these phony books posing as sacred scripture?

The LXX: Trusted by the Savior.

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