The Wickedness Of Promoting Dr. John MacArthur
By David J. Stewart | October 2015 | Updated June 2018
2nd Peter 2:1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
Pastor John MacArthur of Grace To You ministry is a gifted speaker, suave and appealing. Dr. MacArthur makes some brilliant theological statements, eloquently explaining difficult to understand passages of Scripture. One of my favorite commentaries by MacArthur is his explanation of Luke 16:8-9 concerning the Mammon Of Unrighteousness. And yet, Mr. MacArthur errs woefully concerning the plan of salvation when he makes the following statement, which is fueled by his staunch Calvinist views. ...
“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.”
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur, Grace To You, an updated quote from his book 'Hard To Believe', page 93.
In sharp contrast to Mr. MacArthur, the Holy Bible teaches that salvation is simple, nor does it cost us anything. In 2nd Corinthians 11:3, the apostle Paul said, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Romans 5:15a, “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift...” Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Whereas the inspired Words of God teach that salvation is simple and a free gift from God, Dr. MacArthur teaches that salvation is difficult and will cost you everything. Are you going to believe John Macarthur over God? Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” I'm going to obey the Holy Bible, not a man.
I do not hate John MacArthur, God forbid. My heart breaks that MacArthur is deceived by the Devil, and I pray for him that God will work in his heart. Even more, my heart breaks that tens-of-thousands of pastors and religious leaders around the world are being misled and woefully deceived by MacArthur concerning the plan of salvation. My heart's desire is that you'll take heed to the Word of God, which is like a hammer. Jeremiah 23:29, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” The same sun that hardens the clay melts the wax. The Bible teaches that the human heart is deceptive by nature. Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” When a man has been teaching the Bible for decades, and is wrong, it is very difficult for that man to change his views later on and admit to the world that he had been previously wrong. Proverbs 29:1, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”
There Are Many False Prophets in The Churches Today
Our text verse is incredible. What a truth! The Holy Bible foretold that there WOULD BE false prophets among us. In every generation there have always been false prophets. There are many false prophets today in the churches. The Bible warned that the false prophets would be “AMONG YOU.” False teachers abound nowadays in the churches. In addressing the church at Pergamos in Revelation 2:12-13, the Scriptures identify that Satan's seat is in the churches. Satan already owns the casinos, taverns and brothels, but he has the potential to do the most damage in the churches. The Devil always goes after the best.
The Bible warns that these false prophets would “PRIVILY” bring in false doctrines. The Greek word for “privily” is pareisagō, which means “to lead in aside, that is, introduce surreptitiously.” The word “surreptitiously” is defined as, “Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods.” In my opinion, Seventh-day Adventists exemplify this form of deceit better than any religious cult. The Bible teaches that Satan is a master con artist, an actor, who appears as an angel of light. Likewise, the Devil's ministers appear as ministers of righteousness (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). It is important that every born-again Christian believer understands how the enemy works. Satan never comes in his true form; but rather, appears in the form of Christ, to deceive the ignorant.
The Invasion Of The Lordship Salvation Heresy
The best place to hide a lie is between two truths. This makes discerning the truth very difficult to those who are not learned in the Holy Scriptures. The need has never been greater for sound Biblical teaching. I challenge you, the reader, to buckle down in your Bible study and “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES” as the Lord commanded in John 5:39. Here is a helpful doctrinally sound book, authored by Dr. Mark G. Cambron (1911-2000), titled “BIBLE DOCTRINES” (.pdf file). Dr. Cambron taught at Tennessee Temple University for many years. The Scriptures are not only our final authority, but also, our ONLY authority in all matters of faith, life, morality and decision making. The Bible has all the answers! Having said these things, now let me get to the article.
Dr. MacArthur Denies Christ's Deity By Saying That Jesus' Blood Was Not God's Blood
John MacArthur denies that Jesus as a man had God's blood flowing in His veins. But, my friend, if you believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, then you can only conclude that God's literal blood flowed in Jesus' veins.
Dr. M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965) agrees with the Holy Bible that Jesus had God's blood flowing within His veins in His earthly body. ...
DIVINE BLOOD — Conception by the Holy Ghost then was the only way the Virgin Birth could be accomplished. Mary contributed the body of Jesus and He became the "seed of David according to the flesh." The Holy Spirit contributed the Blood of Jesus. It was sinless blood. It was Divine blood. It is Precious Blood for there has never been any other like it. [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Martin R. DeHaan, The Chemistry Of The Blood, chapter 4, ©1943.
Dr. DeHaan is 100% correct!
Joseph was not Jesus' earthly, biological, father. God the Father in Heaven was Jesus' biological Father, so how could Jesus not have God's blood? Acts 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” As you just read, God purchased the Church with His own blood. That's exactly what the King James Bible teaches. Amen!
Here are Dr. John MacArthur's words, from a recorded Bible study he gave back in 1988 on the subject of the blood. MacArthur effectively denies Christ's deity by teaching that He did not have God's blood in Him...
Christ's blood was Christ's blood. He grew from being in His mother's womb for nine months into a person who had His own blood supply. Hebrews 2:14 says of Him, "Since then the children share in flesh and blood He Himself also partook of the same." The same flesh and blood that people have. Wasn't the blood of God. There isn't any mixture in the human body of Jesus. It isn't human flesh, human bones, and divine blood. That's not a man. It is medically impossible to think of Christ's blood as divine. It is theologically impossible to think of Christ's blood as divine. It is Scripturally impossible to think of Christ's blood as divine. He would be less than man. His blood is human blood. And he was 100 percent man and to be 100 percent man you have to have 100 percent human blood. This is an age-old issue that the councils in the early years of the church settled long ago, that Jesus was fully God and fully man. And to be fully God you can't have blood because God is a spirit. And to be fully man you must have blood because man is human.
...In conclusion let me say this. This is an unusual message for me to give. You know that. It's unusual for me to devote my attention away from the text to address an issue. But you have to understand that the reason I'm doing this is because this has become so compelling that it must be addressed. It just isn't going to go away until I say this, we put it on tape and send to some people so they understand that ours is not the deviation from Scripture, but theirs is. If they will buy into this...a lot of people are so unwitting. All you have to do is go down the pike and say, "John MacArthur denies the blood of Christ." If they hear that they think, "That's the end of him." I do not deny the blood of Christ. I believe it's precious. I would never treat it as an unholy thing, as an unclean thing. The blood of Christ is precious blood and He shed His blood in paying the price for our sins. But I do not believe that it was the blood of God and I do not believe that it is eternally collected and carried into heaven. And there it continues to be poured out to atone for sin.
In fact, what I'm gonna tell you about that very thing next week is shocking. If you believe that, that is shocking. If you really believe that, in my judgment, you are akin to the Roman Catholic doctrine of the perpetual sacrifice of Christ, where He is killed again in every mass. And you're attacking the once for all sacrifice. And you've got Him pouring out blood perpetually forever and ever and ever. That is a frightening theory. Well we want you to understand what the Scripture teaches. But most of all we want you to rejoice in your salvation. Amen? The Lord Jesus Christ has saved us through His atoning death. We praise Him for that.
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur, The Precious Blood - Part 1; July 17, 1988 | 90-28.
Dr. MacArthur is wayward in his religious doctrines and understanding. The blood of Jesus is a very serious doctrinal matter, not to be taken lightly. As Pastor M.R. DeHaan so eloquently explained earlier, the Holy Spirit contributed the blood of Jesus. Mary contributed the flesh of Jesus, through the kingly bloodline of David.
Notice carefully in the previous quote that John MacArthur grasps for straws by making an untrue allegation against faithful Christians who believe that Jesus' blood is applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven. MacArthur accuses fundamentalists of teaching that Christ's blood is continually being poured out. I don't believe that, and I don't know any fundamental Baptists who believe that. Christ's blood sacrifice was made only ONCE, and once for all in the heavenly Holy Place (Hebrews 9:12). MacArthur tries to distort the issue, which is called a “red-herring” (a deliberate decoy intended to lead someone off the path, or away from the truth). The satanic religious cult of Seventh-day Adventism believe that Christ's work of atonement began in 1844 and continues presently. The Bible does not teach that.
Christ's work of redemption was finished, once and for all time and mankind, when His precious blood was sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat (Hebrews 12:24). MacArthur denies this truth, teaching that's Christ's blood was poured out on Calvary and soaked into the ground, where he says it stayed. In sharp contrast, the King James Bible teaches that Jesus in John 20:17 told Mary Magdalene “TOUCH ME NOT,” because He had not yet ascended unto the Father with His shed blood (Hebrews 9:24). If Mary had touched Jesus, the blood sacrifice would have been corrupted. John 20:17, “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” All of the new counterfeit Bible versions PERvert this passage of Scripture, portraying Christ as a helium balloon. See what I say for yourself...
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — John 20:17, “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” [emphasis added]
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — John 20:17, “Jesus said to her, “You don’t need to hold on to me! I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my followers and tell them this: ‘I am going back to my Father and your Father. I am going back to my God and your God.’” [emphasis added]
What in the world does the ERV mean? It is completely retarded? Why would Jesus tell Mary Magdalene that she doesn't need to hold onto Him, because He hasn't yet gone back to the Father? Is Jesus a helium balloon? SHAME ON THOSE WICKED PASTORS WHO PROMOTE THIS GARBAGE AS EASIER-TO-READ!!! Kindly, I'm talking about the apostate Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, in Micronesia, who use the Easy-To-Read Version (the ERV, a satanic Alexandrian PERversion)!!! Despite being warned repeatedly, the pastors, staff and members of Harvest Baptist Church love heresy. This is nothing new! Look what the Word of God says about idolatrous Old Testament Israel in Jeremiah 5:31, “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Woe unto any so-called “church” that disregards THE TRUTH!!! Respectfully, John MacArthur is of the Devil. Mr. MacArthur teaches that God predestinates who will or won't be saved, which is a lie of the Devil.
By changing this Bible passage in John 20:17, the new corrupt Bible versions no longer teach that Jesus' ascended into Heaven with His shed blood. The ERV, as are all modern PERversions, is so retarded that it doesn't matter how easy it is to read, because the comprehension rate is ridiculously low. What good is a new version that's easier to read if it's impossible to comprehend? Please stay away from all the new corrupted Bible versions. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE PRECIOUS KING JAMES BIBLE!!! The only logical meaning on John 20:17 in the King James Bible is that Jesus needed to ascend into Heaven, just as Hebrews 9:12 and 24 teaches, so that “BY HIS OWN BLOOD,” He could “APPEAR IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD FOR US.” Beware of the neo-evangelical BLOODLESS THEOLOGY which has crept into many dead churches.
Jesus' blood was sinless blood. It was God the Father's blood, because Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Mary was not impregnated in any normal sense of the word. God did not have sexual relations with Mary as wicked Mormons teach, saying that Jesus had many wives and numerous children. These teachings are lies of the Devil and blasphemy. Mormonism is a satanic cult of cults!!! The following passage in Hebrews 10:29 says that it is a wicked thing to consider Christ's blood as an “unholy” (common) thing. John MacArthur denies that Jesus' blood is sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat in Heaven. MacArthur denies that Jesus had God's blood flowing in His veins. Dr. MacArthur counts the blood of the covenant as an unholy thing. ...
Hebrews 10:29, “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”
Biblically, the Holy Spirit wrought the miracle of life in Mary's womb, and behold a virgin conceived (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). The virgin birth was a supernatural miracle of God. Since Jesus had the biological blood of His divine heavenly Father flowing in Him, that made Jesus God's only BEGOTTEN Son. Jesus was sinless! MacArthur is errant and wrong to teach that Jesus doesn't have God's blood flowing in His veins. Christ was born of a virgin, which makes Him 100% the biological Son of God almighty. Jesus' humanity is not lessened in any way by having God's blood flowing in Him, except that He did not have the sin-tainted blood of man passed along to him. Jesus did not have a sin-nature!
If Jesus had been born of Joseph, then he wouldn't have been God's son, he would have been Joseph's son. What makes Jesus so special is that He was born of a virgin, because God used Mary as a holy vessel to bring the miracle Christ-child into the world. Mary was a virgin when Christ was born. God is Jesus' only biological Father. Jesus has God's pure and holy blood flowing in His body and veins. John MacArthur is an evil man to teach that Jesus' body does not have God's blood, because it attacks the virgin birth of Christ. Since Christ is the virgin-born Son of God, what's the problem with believing that Jesus had God's blood in Him?
Dr. Martin R. DeHaan Correctly Teaches That Jesus Had God's Divine Blood in Him
The following excellent explanation is taken from chapter four of “The Chemistry Of The Blood” (.pdf book) by Dr. M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965). Dr. DeHaan is doctrinally sound, a great Bible teacher, who correctly understands that God's blood flowed in Jesus' earthly veins. How could Christ, the only begotten Son of God, be born of a miraculous virgin birth, and then not have God's blood flowing in His body and veins? That would be impossible! Jesus had God's blood in His veins, because Jesus is almighty God (John 1:1-3,14; John 10:33; John 8:58; 1st Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 1:8). Jesus forgave men's sins as only God can do (Mark 2:7; Luke 5:21). Jesus accepted worship from men, which only God is entitled to do (Matthew 8:2; Isaiah 42:8 - All Scripture references are only from trustworthy, King James Bible). Jesus did miracles among men that no other human being ever did, proving that He was God in the flesh (John 15:24). God's blood was shed on the cross for our sins, and that precious blood was collected and taken by the Lord Himself into Heaven to sprinkle (Hebrews 12:24) upon the Mercy Seat in the Holy Place (Hebrews 9:12) in the presence of God the Father (Hebrews 9:24). Thus, redemption was complete once and for all (Hebrews 9:26; Hebrews 10:10).
Again, the following excellent explanation is taken from chapter four of “The Chemistry Of The Blood” (.pdf book) by Dr. M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965). ...
Jesus was a perfect human being after the flesh. He was of the seed of David according to the flesh, but blood is that part of a man which is the divine addition. In the creation of man, Adam’s body was made from the dust of the earth, but God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Since life is in the blood, this act resulted in the formation of blood in Adam’s body, but the first Adam’s blood was corrupted and sin transmitted through it to all mankind. In the last Adam and the second man, new and divine and sinless blood was produced in a body that was the seed of Adam and by this resulted in the production of —
Conception by the Holy Ghost then was the only way the Virgin Birth could be accomplished. Mary contributed the body of Jesus and He became the "seed of David according to the flesh." The Holy Spirit contributed the Blood of Jesus. It was sinless blood. It was Divine blood. It is Precious Blood for there has never been any other like it. It is —
"I have betrayed the innocent blood" Judas confessed in Matthew 27:4. Our Lord was innocent. He became like unto us in all things — SIN only excepted. Like unto us with ONE EXCEPTION and that exception was that instead of a human father He was conceived by a DIVINE FATHER. As a result biologically, He had DIVINE BLOOD, SINLESS BLOOD. Because this blood is sinless it is —
Sin made human blood corruptible. Soon after death, decay sets in, and it begins in the blood. That is why meat must be drained well of its blood. That is why embalmers place the embalming fluid in the blood. David said that Jesus’ body should "see no corruption." Though He was dead three days and three nights, His body did not corrupt. Because He was sinless they could not put Him to death but instead He "laid down His life voluntarily that He might take it up again." He arose by His own power because death had no claim in HIM except the claim of others’ sin, and when that was paid — [emphasis added]
Clearly, someone is very wrong! Dr. MacArthur and Dr. DeHaan cannot both be right. I am siding 100% with Dr. MR. DeHaan, because that is what the King James Bible teaches. John MacArthur is corrupted, errant in his thinking, and trampling underfoot the precious blood of Jesus, even effectively denying Christ's deity by saying the the virgin birth didn't put God's blood into Jesus' veins. Remember, the virgin birth means that the Lord Jesus Christ had NO EARTHLY FATHER. So that makes God in Heaven His only biological Father. How then can anyone dare claim that Jesus doesn't have His own biological Father's blood flowing through His veins. Think about it, because it really makes common sense. Jesus did in fact have God's blood flowing through His body's veins. THE END
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