The Jesus You Can't Ignore
Posted June 03, 2010
The Jesus You Can't Ignore: What You Must Learn From the Bold Confrontations of Christ by John MacArthur (Thomas Nelson, 212 pgs) was a quick but engaging read. When MacArthur first published The Truth War he was roundly criticized for his harsh criticism (oh the irony!) of false teachers within the modern church including Word Faith Teachers and Emergent Church Leaders. MacArthur's critics charged him with not incendiary and not Christ-like, loving, gracious and congenial. This book takes a look at Jesus confrontations with the false religious system of His day, the false teachers and false doctrines promoted by those false teachers. Did Jesus seek common ground? Did He avoid moral judgments and sweeping condemnations of false doctrines? No! Never. In The Jesus You Can't Ignore MacArthur takes a look at Jesus' confrontation of the religious establishment in John 2, 5, 6 and Matthew 23 as well as other passages. Jesus did not seek common ground but instead stressed the points of disagreement when speaking to or about the Pharisees. How did Jesus treat false teachers? You might be surprised. This was an excellent book!
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