Monday, August 17, 2009

John MacArthur in The Washington Post

Here is yet another reason why I like John MacArthur:
Let's be brutally honest: most of Jesus' teaching is completely out of sync with the mores that dominate our culture.

I'm talking, of course, about the Jesus we encounter in Scripture, not the always-gentle, never-stern, ├╝ber-lenient coloring-book character who exists only in the popular imagination. The real Jesus was no domesticated clergyman with a starched collar and genteel manners; he was a bold, uncompromising Prophet who regularly challenged the canons of political correctness.

Consider the account of Jesus' public ministry given in the New Testament. The first word of his first sermon was "Repent!"--a theme that was no more welcome and no less strident-sounding than it is today. The first act of his public ministry touched off a small riot. He made a whip of cords and chased money-changers and animal merchants off the Temple grounds. That initiated a three-year-long conflict with society's most distinguished religious leaders. They ultimately handed him over to Roman authorities for crucifixion while crowds of lay people cheered them on.

Jesus was pointedly, deliberately, and dogmatically counter-cultural in almost every way. No wonder the religious and academic aristocracy of his generation were so hostile to him.

Read the entire article HERE.

3 comments:

Jase and Melissa said...

What doesn't Johnny Mac do well? He's probably even the only white protestant who dances well. As an aside- I hope Joel reads the Washington Post. . . though this article may dampen his otherwise perpetual buoyancy.

Todd Pruitt said...

Commenting on one of Joel's best sellers Michael Horton said, "The ironic thing is that Jesus was having his worst life now so that we could have our best life then."

Jill said...

Gotta love MacArthur!!