There are several recent articles put out by Julie Roys, Brent Detwiler and other video interviews surrounding John MacArthur and his church, school, lifestyle and the lies he has been caught in. While I greatly appreciate the long overdue exposure of him; what continues to be unsettling is that most will include a disclaimer of sorts by stating that John MacArthur does teach good and right doctrines correctly. While all should know by this time in our spiritual walk that false teachers always lay error alongside of truth and that we must be diligent with testing and trying those who take the pulpit and make it their stage.
Scripture is clear as to where we are to stand, even if what they say comes to pass or is true.
Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
Deu 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
So, when one examines and tests someone’s teachings it should always be done, with this in mind. The simple exegesis verses eisegesis is one clear type of discerning and sorting out the truth from lies.
Exegesis is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially a religious text.
eisegesis [ ahy-si- jee-sis ] noun, plural eis·e·ge·ses [ahy-si-jee-seez]. an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter’s own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.
Clearly if one takes the time to listen to John MacArthur’s sermons and pays attention to the times, he inserts his own interpretation, ideas and bias, one will quickly see that he is laying truth alongside of error and making the Scriptures say what John wants rather than what it actually says. This is a twisting of scripture and taking the Word of God and using it for his own purposes.
Listen carefully, the more you practice this listening the easier it gets to identify the eisegesis of someone imposing themselves upon the text. Below are some examples of some of John MacArthur’s eisegeses.
- “MacArthur intentionally prevaricates and deceives his congregation. He makes himself a hero in their minds and hearts. Enemies of the gospel hate him and are out to destroy him. So the legend goes. But that is not the worst part. He continues.
“Paul says in Colossians 1:24, “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake”—not only for the Lord’s sake, but your sake—“and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” What an amazing statement. Paul is saying this: “Christ isn’t here. They can’t do anymore damage to Him; they can’t inflict anymore wounds on Him, so they inflict them on me in His place.” What a privilege, right? He took the wounds for us; can we take the wounds for Him? That’s how it’s going to be if you’re faithful.”
This claim is blasphemous. MacArthur compares himself to Jesus Christ in his sufferings. (1)
Note: John quotes the scriptures and then immediately says “Paul is saying this”, this is one of MacArthur’s signature moves in that he will immediately take the liberty of adding his bias, opinions, and ideas into the text by telling us what Paul REALLY was saying. He does this repeatedly and without hesitation in many of his sermons. .Classic eisegeses move.
- John’s sermon on the “abuse of the poor”, speaking of the widow who gave her last two mites. 17:00 minute mark: “It’s simple, clear, He saw a widow give more than everybody else. In other words, her involvement in religion cost her more than it cost anybody else, cause it cost her everything.
Note: the eisegesis starts with “in other words” and he translates the verse into his agenda.
17:32 mark: “Another thing to think about, the assumption in interpreting this is the model for Christian giving, is that Jesus was pleased with what she did, it doesn’t say that. It absolutely doesn’t say that. It doesn’t say that Jesus was pleased with her gift. It doesn’t say Jesus was pleased with her attitude. It doesn’t say anything about His attitude. In fact, in fact… I think what she did displeased him immensely. I think is was more than displeasing, I think it angered Him. I think what she did angered Jesus. ” (2)
Note: Once again John interjects what Jesus was thinking and feeling concerning the widows giving. The next quote is taken from John’s older teachings on “Widows in the Church Part 1” where he now praises the widow and so does Jesus for her giving.
11:59 minute mark: “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has cast in more than all they who have cast into the treasury, for all they did cast in of their abundance but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” And here we see the godliness and the devotion of this dear woman who having nothing gave it all. That’s the spirit of generosity in the heart of one devoted to the worship of God.” (3)
- Quote from “God’s Plan for Giving” part two:
27:57 minute mark: “Until you’re detached from your money, you’re separated from God, cause you can’t serve both.”
Just had to add this one since it flies in the face of John MacArthur’s life style.
30:10 minute mark: “so he calls his disciples and I say unto you the poor widow has cast more in than ALL they who have cast into the treasury. You say wait a minute, that’s no big deal; for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want, did cast in all that she had, even all her living. You say how did he know that? He knew everything. She only had an eighth of a penny left and she gave it. Wow, you say it’s not very significant, it won’t do very much. It was significant because she gave everything friends and you can’t give any more than everything. The point that Jesus’ is making is this, that, that is sacrifice and that is the essence of giving and the ultimate sacrifice would be to give everything. The least money was the greatest gift. What does this teach us about giving? Does this teach us to tithe? No. It teaches us that we are to give sacrificially and maybe that means everything we have. Certainly, it means more than we are giving now and I say that for myself as well.” (4)
John MacArthur teaches false doctrines. He contradicts himself radically in his own sermons, twisting scripture and inserting mostly his own personal eisegeses. Here again he takes it upon himself to “explain” the point that Jesus is making. Remember those who use eisegeses will lay truth, i.e., scripture, either in full, partial verses or even just allude to them and then they will give you their personal interpretation. Even the slightest alteration of scripture can produce error and should be noted and heeded so as not to become accustomed to the practice and be deceived. Practice this while listening to all sermons and preachers, it will train your senses in identifying those who go beyond the Scriptures and what is written.
1Co 4:6 Now I have applied all this [about parties and factions] to myself and Apollos for your sakes, brethren, so that from what I have said of us [as illustrations], you may learn [to think of men in accordance with Scripture and] not to go beyond that which is written, that none of you may be puffed up and inflated with pride and boast in favor of one [minister and teacher] against another.
Please take the time to listen to the links referenced here. Sadly, that there are many more sermons and ministries that could and should be used as examples to warn against and encourage the body to take heed, read, study, test and not be deceived by them. The more we practice the more we learn and grow, staying within the confines of Gods Word, is one of the most critical lessons we must learn, for there is nothing else which produces spiritual life within us.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.