“Racism does not have a good track record. It’s been tried out for a long time and you’d think by now we’d want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management.” Thomas Sowell
John MacArthur speaking to the Master’s Seminary student regarding the university’s probation.
I know that a few people have been concerned that I didn’t post the audio along with the comments regarding John MacArthur’s address to the Master’s Seminary students regarding the probation of the university.
I recently received this MP3 and had difficulty putting it online. So today, GBTC helped me to split the file in to two to meet the size requirements for media on the blog. You will hear an overlap with Part 2 since we didn’t want anyone to think we deleted any of the recording.
As is usual for pastors and others who are publicly confronted with awkward issues, MacArthur blames the internet and bloggers. Listen carefully as he claims that had this *probation* happened in the days before the internet, this *issue* would have passed quietly by with little attention. I wonder if that is why God allowed us to create the internet. MacArthur should consider that fact since he believes that God is sovereign over everything. Maybe some issues should have been discussed transparently in the past…
John MacArthur TMS Chapel 08.21.18 EC Part 1
John MacArthur TMS Chapel 08.21.18 EC Part 2
Could anyone confirm this graphic that has been updated and making the rounds regarding payments to MacArthur’s son-in-law for service rendered?
So far, no one has contacted me from John MacArthur’s businesses, church, schools or associated para-church organizations to inform me that the previously posted graphic was in error. This week, it appears that someone has discovered further information based on publicly available 990s. Could someone let me know if this graphic is in error so I can alert our followers? The amount of money being paid seems a tad excessive.
Update 9/1/18: The people who are doing research into financials sent me this updated graphic. I have replaced the other one. They are finding new information. They have also sent me other financial which allegedly document loans for houses given to some well known BFFs andfamily which were then forgiven. I am attempting to confirm the validity of these allegations and will post them when I feel absolutely comfortable.
MacArthur claims that he doesn’t know any authentic evangelical church where racism is a problem.
The Christian Post presented John MacArthur Says He Doesn’t Know Any Authentic Evangelical Church Where Racism Is a Problem This one confused me. I wonder if MacArthur gets out much. We know he doesn’t like social media (grin) so perhaps he has not read a plethora of articles that might disagree with him. TWW followed a lengthy debate between Thabiti Anyabwile and Doug Wilson. Wilson is a white and lives in Idaho. Thabiti is an African American pastor. Here is one article we wrote regarding Doug Wilson’s views on slavery. Doug Wilson: Fashionable Calvinista Has Disturbing Views on Slavery.
John MacArthur, who is a cloistered, rich, white male may be overlooking something. Has he asked African American pastors, theologians or, even better, African American church attendees whether they have seen or experienced any racism?
While admitting that racism is a “stain on American history” with lingering vestiges, MacArthur argues that civil rights legislation now guards equal rights for all Americans.
He says while he can understand why those in secular culture will seek to fight racism under the banner of social justice, he sees no reason for evangelicals to take up that cause because he has never seen racism as a problem in any authentic evangelical church.
“I understand when fallen, worldly people filled with resentment lash out at others that way. I don’t understand why Bible-believing Christians would take up that cause. I thought the evangelical church was living out true unity in Christ without regard for race,” MacArthur said.
MacArthur’s logic is confounding to me. Let me give you another example of this. I bet MacArthur would say that the church was living out unity on issues such as child sex abuse, the rape of university students,and domestic violence since all of that is unbiblical as well. Except, because we are sinners, sex abuse, rape of college students and violence against women is still present. In the same vein, sinners in the church can, and do, hold onto racial bigotry because they are sinners.
Recently the New York Times presented A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches which appears to present an opposing view.
It starts with the views of an African American woman.
This time of the week two years earlier, there would have been no question. Ms. Pruitt, 46, would have been getting ready for her regular Saturday afternoon worship service, at a former grocery store overhauled into a state-of-the-art, 760-seat sanctuary. In the darkened hall, where it would have been hard to tell she was one of the few black people in the room, she would have listened to the soaring anthems of the praise bands. She would have watched, on three giant screens, a sermon that over the course of a weekend would reach one of the largest congregations in the country.
But Ms. Pruitt has not been to that church since the fall of 2016. That was when she concluded that it was not, ultimately, meant for people like her. She has not been to any church regularly since.
…But for many black churchgoers, the current breach feels particularly painful. Lecrae, a prominent black Christian hip-hop artist, has spoken openly of his “divorce” with white evangelicalism, Christian counselors have talked frankly of the psychological toll of trying to hang on in multiracial churches and others have declared it time to consider theserious downsides of worship integration.
I feel for the students at The Masters University and Seminary. The organization is in a time of turmoil. However, students are often involved in university politics. I urge them to seek the truth and speak the truth to those in power. Keep writing, keep recording and be advocates for transparency. Remember that Jesus often challenged the status quo.