Quotes (26)

John MacArthur“Death (of a Church) occurs when unbelievers are allowed to take over ministries in the church. It happens when a church becomes more concerned with form and liturgy than it is with life on a spiritual level. Death occurs when a church becomes more concerned about welfare and social ills than it is about salvation. It happens when a church loves systems more than it loves Jesus Christ. And it happens when a church becomes more concerned with material things than spiritual reality. That’s how a church dies. It all is a result of sin.

Sin–in any form that the church tolerates, whether it is in the members or the leaders. Tolerance of sin begins the cycle; then comes the tolerance of unbelievers in the church until no one cares who is a believer or an unbeliever. The end comes when the man who runs the church isn’t a believer. Sins of commission and omission kill a church little by little. When that happens, Christians become carnal. Soon afterwards, unbelievers come into the church, and then a total tolerance for sin exists. The church begins to die, and the people who really love Jesus Christ leave only to be replaced by people who don’t know Him.”

—John MacArthur

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  1. The quote is ironic given that John MacArthur quotes a famous “Christian apologist” in his book Hard to Believe, which was written to expose and exhort believers to avoid false teaching. It was odd that one of the very errors John warned about was espoused by this famous “Christian apologist.” When John was asked point blank if this false teacher was a Christian, John answered in the affirmative. This famous author believed and taught the following in two of his famous books: ecumenism, baptismal regeneration. theistic evolution, purgatory, mankind is not depraved, the Genesis account of the fall is a myth, the Bible is not the inspired, infallible, inerrant, preserved Word of God, Jesus Christ did not take the punishment we deserve for our sin when He died upon the cross, followers of other religions can belong to Christ without knowing it because they followed those aspects of their religion that are in agreement with Christianity, and unbelievers can be saved apart from conscious faith in Christ.

    Acceptance of false teachers/false brethren as genuine by internationally renowned “evangelical leaders” has furthered the confusion and error that is being embraced and propagated throughout the visible church so that genuine believers who love the Lord Jesus Christ and stand fast upon His Word the Bible must flee from this apostate organization. The “Christian apologist” is C. S. Lewis, and his false teaching and heresy is excused by so many within the “Reformed” crowd by the excuse that his theology was messy. I thought there were doctrines regarding Christ, His death and resurrection, salvation, the Word of God that were non-negotiable no matter the reason we aren’t faithful to the truth to be essential to saving faith. John MacArthur says there are, but then he excuses one who denies these basic doctrines of our faith. We need to be discerning at all times regarding anyone who esteems themselves to be a spokesmen for the faith once for all delivered to the saints and carefully critically analyse what they teach and who they support in relation to God’s Holy Word. God bless us.


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