Monday, January 10, 2011

Pastor's Bookshelf: The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur

I am a long time fan of John MacArthur and so it should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me that I absolutely loved this book.  Again, sticking right with the Bible, John does a fantastic job of exploring all that the Bible says about the life and ministry of Christ.

This book is an insightful and eye-opening look into Jesus' earthly ministry.  Using Scripture, and Scripture alone, Dr. MacArthur opens the truth about Jesus' ministry and how He handled many different types of people.  It is very empowering to see how boldly Christ confronted false teachers and those who would today fall into the post-modern and emergent categories.  Empowering because as a true Christians in this era are criticized and even villified for taking hard stances on Scriptural truths.  

We are looked down upon by the post-moderns and nominal Christians for stressing the importance of sound doctrine and for defending the inerrancy of the Bible.  What the liberals fail to see is that without a right understanding of God and His Word you cannot proclaim truth.  That is to say that the Scriptures are the infallible word of God.  His revelation to us.  We must strive to understand this truth and defend any and all attacks on it.

The trend of subjective scripture interpretation and watered  down Gospel must be fought off strongly as a Shepherd fights off the ensuing wolves.  Because the world is so enchanted by subjective truth, especially when it comes to the Bible, many are following a Jesus that doesn't exist in Scripture.  Friends, if you follow a Jesus that it is not of the Bible, you follow a Christ that does not exist and cannot save you.  If you preach a different Jesus than Scripture, you preach a Gospel that does not save anyone.

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