Before we put up John MacArthurâ€™s second post in the seriesâ€”what amounts to some fatherly advice to the Young, Restless, and Reformed folksâ€”Iâ€™d like to interject a few thoughts for your consideration.
Iâ€™ve been watching the comments here and there in the blogosphere, and Iâ€™m mostly encouraged. Most people have been saying, â€śI appreciate John MacArthur. I donâ€™t always agree with him, but I realize I need to set my disagreements aside to hear what the man has to say.â€ť Bravo. I totally applaud that attitude, and I appreciate Tim Challies for encouraging us in that direction.
But Iâ€™ve also read posts that represent the sentiment Tim cautioned against. I appreciate the concerns some have raised, and Iâ€™d like to speak to some of that now. In fact, to keep you from having to wade through it all, here are a few of the criticisms (in my own words).
Almost Catholic wrote: What about also listening to the other great theologians between the Apostles and the Reformers such as Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas (from Dr. R.C. Sproul, "Now That's a Good Question")?
Almost Catholic What about it?
Infinitely better than listening to Catholic theologians (and if you don't comprehend what and who you are listening to in a Roman Catholic theologian/apologist you've got big problems) is to listen first and foremost to the Word of God like your life depends upon what God Himself says NOT what some celebrity religious scholar says about what God Himself says and teaches us in the Bible.
1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.