John MacArthur teaches false doctrine on so many different levels that it is not possible to address every one of them adequately in a single post. This initial post is an overview and a critique of the doctrines and practices of John MacArthur and his apologist JD Hall.

The blasphemous doctrines of Calvinism via TULIP take the scriptures to hideous extremes that were never intended by the NT writers under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Calvinism (aka Reformed Theology) has its roots in Augustinianism not in the scriptures. The teaching that only a chosen few are saved (limited atonement) destroys Jesus’ carte blanche invitation to all men. (John 3:161 John 2:2). All five TULIP points are interdependent and severely obstruct biblical soteriology. Consequently, Calvinism horribly misrepresents the true gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 4:1).

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

MacArthur’s errors do not end with the wicked doctrines of Calvinism. He also teaches cessationism and the false pre-tribulation rapture theory. MacArthur and his sidekick Phil Johnson have prevaricated, but have never managed to dispel two further false teachings peddled by MacArthur:
  • The denigration of the Blood of the Jesus. {1}
  • The assertion that it will be possible to take the mark of the beast without being disqualified from salvation. (Revelation 14:9-11). {2}
Six degrees of Kevin Bacon?
MacArthur has been vociferously accused of partnering with various false teachers, including Rick Warren, Greg Laurie and New Age sympathizer and devout Catholic, Roma Downey. He was due to speak at the NRB Proclaim Conference in 2019 with these heretics until he pulled out due to “illness”, although I suspect that adverse publicity played a part in his withdrawal. {3}
MacArthur’s dubious associations have been dismissed by JD Hall of Pulpit and Pen as being analogous to a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon scenario, i.e. no person on earth is further apart than six degrees from another person. {4}
The NRB is an ecumenical “Christian Media Convention” claiming to be a network of “influential Christian communicators”. 
The list of NRB 2021 Sponsors/Speakers/Musicians include Reagan Rose, Director of Digital Platforms Grace to You. Other names include Norm Mintle Executive Producer TBN, John Turver, former VP of Marketing for CBN and other false teachers.
Reagan Rose is the Director of Digital Platforms at Grace to You, the media ministry of pastor John MacArthur. He is also the creator of Redeeming Productivity, a blog and podcast about how Christians should approach getting things done from a biblical perspective.

On the NRB Board of Directors is Chief Operating Officer of Grace To You Jay Flowers along with Jim Kirkland  Executive Director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Gordon Robertson CEO of CBN etc.{5}

Jay Flowers

   Jay Flowers is the Chief Operating Officer of Grace to You, the 

   media     ministry    of John MacArthur, overseeing the day-to-day 
   operations of the organization. 
   In 1989, after graduating with a degree in communication from The 
   Master’s College, Jay began his career with Grace to You as a writer. He met 
   his bride, Stephanie, at a home Bible study in 1998 and married her as soon 
   as possible. He and Stephanie have two children, Madeline and Mason, 
   and minister as part of part of Grace Community Church where 
   John MacArthur serves as pastor. 

JD Hall regarding biblical separation: “I believe in one degree by Biblical command, but might be open to more depending upon the sheer lunacy or radical heresy of the situation.”  {6)
In reality, the “sheer lunacy or radical heresy of the situation” is that MacArthur’s team at Grace to You are closely involved with NRB behind the scenes, and it appears that they are quite prepared to ditch their much professed opposition to ecumenism. This is no “Kevin Bacon” fluke at all!
In addition, Calvinist discernment sites have no reservations in aligning themselves with known heretics on the basis of their defiance of Covid restrictions. JD Hall, now of Protestia, ran a positive article on the Bethel-led revivals by Sean Feucht. {7} No mention was made of their cult status and the likelihood that false converts are being produced. Also, Reformation Charlotte ran an article on Jim Cavaziel, the ultra orthodox Catholic, who supports ministers like John MacArthur for their stand. No caveat appeared on the website that Roman Catholicism is incompatible with Reformed Theology. {8}

Both websites are in agreement with John MacArthur, who, after receiving a congratulatory call from Donald Trump, stated that genuine Christians should vote for him. What difference is there between this and Trump’s close association with the NAR? Will we see MacArthur holding hands NAR leaders next?  Trump may outwardly profess some “Christian” values in comparison with his opponents. However his association with false teachers Paula White, Kenneth Copeland etc. speaks for itself. If we are to believe Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney and “fixer”, Trump privately derides them and their practices:

“Speaking to Cohen after Trump gathered religious leaders at Trump Tower in the lead up to the 2016 presidential race, an encounter during which they asked to ‘lay hands’ on him, Trump asked Cohen, according to the book: ‘Can you believe that bullsh*t?…Can you believe people believe that bullsh*t?’ {9}
Trump: “These ‘Abraham Accords’, a name chosen by the US administration, open the door to ‘Arabs and Israelis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians to live together, pray together, and dream together, side by side, in harmony, community, and peace’” {10}
Isn’t this what the Antichrist will do? (Daniel 9:27). I am not suggesting that Trump is the Antichrist, but rather that he is paving the way for the Antichrist.
JD Hall demonstrates how NOT to preach the gospel!
JD Hall’s video Terminus of Servus Christi was rendered impotent due to his deviation from known facts gained from second hand sources. {11}  Even those who have called out Joshua Chavez as a wolf found themselves unable to support this piece of gutter style journalism. {12}(Matthew 7:16).
Much more could be said about MacArthur’s enormous income of just over $900,000 per year {13} and his masonic connections.{14}
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; (Revelation 18:4).


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  1. It is never easy or pleasant to hear or read about errors of someone you know and like. While it may be of no benefit to you the information may be of help to someone else.

  2. I am not a Calvinist nor a John Mac follower, but I like JD. There are so many heretics out there to go after, JD is not one. By the way, I know him. My 2 cents. No, I don’t have time for a long debate on this. We need to get the gospel out, Time is short.

  3. JD Hall is a smart guy, intellectually speaking, but being a Calvinist he puts his theology over the plain read of scripture and misses some common sense issues that the Calvinist explain away with lengthy, looooong winded philosophical “mambo-jumbo” that ends up straining at nats and swallows camels.

    Why be angry at the man/men who reject the Gospel in that video? Didn’t God make them that way? And why would God “give that man the middle finger” when it was God in his sovereignty that made that man obstinate and destined for hell to begin with?

    JD’s might be that he intuitively knows this man IS responsible for his own actions, and God gave these men the free will to say yes OR no to the Gospel.

    I like JD Hall (and many other Calvinists). I appreciate their faithfulness to the scriptures, but when it comes to TULIP I have to part ways because they insert a bias into the scripture instead of just sticking to what the Bible says.

    That’s my .02 cents😳

  4. Thanks for sharing that here. It is important to show just how deeply this runs and how it is another layer of deception and blindness that is being taught from many pulpits. Blessing

  5. John Whapshott commented on my blog and I thought it was worth re-posting here:
    “Reformation Charlotte has an article dated 15th September which explicitly states that anyone who doesn’t vote for Trump isn’t a Christian! I haven’t come across that in my Bible – ‘If thou votest for Trump thou art saved, but if thou votest not for Trump, who is anointed of God (thou must forget the adultery, sexual perversion, unclean language, racism, etc etc) then thou art not saved – takest thou that from me, and ignorest what the Bible says about salvation.’ (From the Book of Blasphemers chapter 6 verse 66).”

    “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”(1 Corinthians 5:12).

    God bless xx

  6. Once one starts to test the teachings/doctrines such as this and hold them to the light of Scripture, they fail in the truth of God’s Word. It seems that many in pews, pulpits and other ministries are willing to look the other way when, it is of benefit to them. Just as twisting and cherry-picking scriptures on what is deemed a “non-essential” is given a free pass by the many, rather than correct and rebuke and exhort. Most will dismiss it as not of “essential” importance, therefore not worth the time or effort; yet they ignore the mutilation of verses, eisegeses, and corrupted teachings of the scriptures. We all know that nowhere in the Scriptures is anyone given a pass for altering what the verses say and all are warned not to. We have witnessed John MacArthur do this on a grand scale concerning his personal eisegeses in defying government guidelines.
    This of course is not the first time the J. Mac has cut and pasted verses, even though he will tout himself as abhorring eisegeses and claims to preach all the Word of God exegetically. He has honed his skills of inserting what Jesus thinks, wants, and feels about topics, where scriptures lay silent. We see this in his widow’s mite teaching from his Strange Fire conference a few years ago. It meant his agenda to change the widow into a follower of charismania trying to buy her salvation. Even though this very teaching contradicted his pervious teachings of the same scriptures. Also as the article pointed out there are other topics in which J. Mac has been shown to be in error.
    Now we see him doing the same thing with the Scriptures concerning how we are to obey government guidelines which he taught and preached from spring to mid-summer and then completely flipped to defying the guidelines, all in the name of Christ. It is maddening to listening to him manipulate and mangle the Word to suit his agenda.
    It is true that the enemy of my enemy is my friend when it comes to a common enemy of those who are opposed to one another. Prime example is the push of evangelicals in the past election for the current President, even though he was surrounded by false teachers prophesying and praying over him and his spiritual advisor is a known false teacher that many in the evangelical camp have publicly condemned, at least prior to her receiving the position. It becomes an “unholy alliance”. ( )
    There should have been an outcry from ALL those who stood against these false teachers, when they prayed and prophesied over the Trump and when Paula White came to power as his spiritual advisor, yet there was silence, complicity and compromise from those who had previously sounded the alarm against such false teachers. John MacArthur is not alone in this, there are a multitude that stood by silently and even some trying to explain it away with Trump is just a “baby Christian” and doesn’t know better OR I’m not voting for a Pastor but a President but still keep God’s will in it.
    John MacArthur has in effect aligned himself with those he condemns as false teachers (and they are), the NAR, Bethel, Kingdom Now, by blending politics/government with the church and our faith in Christ. He places salvation squarely into the Republican and Democratic parties, laying claim to who is truly a “Christian”, which is proven by who you vote for. This is no different that the Seven Mountain Mandate from the NAR that calls for Christians to take over the political and social arenas of the world so that Christ can return. By altering and misplacing our faith in Christ, and Him alone; he inserts the worlds politics; so that those false teachers (NAR, Bethel etc.) are given a “silent” pass since they now have common ground, albeit worldly and fleshly as is it. Again, unholy alliance.

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