If you have ever been to a Independent Fundamental Baptist Church you have proably heard that John MacArthur is a heritic who denies the blood of Christ! I was confronted with this in 1994 in a Church in Nebraska. This topic is still brought up after all these years. The Texas Baptist Underground blog( http://tbcunderground.blogspot.com/ )has recently published a few articles on this never ending controversy. So I thought I would post the information here:
The following is from the Texas Baptist Underground blog:
John MacArthur and the blood
I mentioned in my last post that the first time I ever heard the name John MacArthur was from the mouth of Bob Gray. It was after a service in which Gray had preached and it was in reference to some "proof" that Gray had that MacArthur was a heretic and denied the blood. This "proof" was in the form of printed documents that Gray had and was offering copies of to my pastor.
For years I knew nothing about John MacArthur, other than the fact that he was a heretic and denied the blood. I later added to that small list of facts that he was one of those "California preachers," that he didn't believe in old-fashioned preaching, that he had one of those dead, faddish, "teaching ministries," and that they didn't believe in soul winning. Soloists would get up at national meetings and sing a song about the blood, dedicating it to John MacArthur, while the frenzied crowds would shout, slobber, and wave their Bibles in exuberance.
We believed in the blood, the book, and the blessed hope, Bless Bob.
After I left LBT I found out the truth, however. MacArthur does not deny the efficacy of the blood and he is not a heretic. He has been, however, the victim of vicious fundamentalist slander for a lot of years. MacArthur is a tremendous Bible expositor and has probably forgotten more Bible than Gray ever knew. In many ways, he is way more conservative than Gray ever dreamed of being. (And, yes, I will argue that point with any of you non-Gray/Hyles fundamentalists out there who might reject that notion.)
The Sword of the Lord has always boasted that John R. Rice was the 20th century's mightiest pen. Hogwash. MacArthur has written more and more substantive books over the years than Rice did. He has also done more for the cause of fundamentalism (real fundamentalism) than Rice ever did.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing. Hebrews 10:28-29
Dear Beloved Friend,
The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is holy and precious. The shedding of His blood in death was the price of atonement for our sins. As He literally poured out His blood in a sacrificial act, He sealed forever the New Covenant and purchased our redemption.
Those of you familiar with my teaching know that I have always believed and affirmed those things. For the past two or three years, however, I have been under attack by a small but vocal group of men who are eager to discredit my ministry. They have charged me with denying the blood of Christ and have called me a heretic in several nationally distributed publications.
My first response was to write many of those men privately, believing their attack on me grew from a misunderstanding. None of them had spoken to me personally before attacking me in print. Only a handful have yet replied to my letters. Still, I expected the public controversy to die away. My teaching is certainly no secret, and I knew that those who listen regularly to our radio broadcast would know I am a not teaching heresy.
Nevertheless, for nearly three years a small core of zealots have kept the issue swirling around every ministry I'm involved with. One man has literally made a career of going to any church in the country that will pay his way and giving a series of messages on the error of "MacArthurism." Recently, a couple of key radio stations dropped "Grace to You," not because of anything we taught on the broadcast, but because they did not want to continue to deal with the controversy being generated by rumormongers.
Over the past couple of years we have received thousands of letters . . .
Okay. Now it's up to you. You are being presented with truth claims which refute what Gray has said from the pulpit. Are you going to ignore them and keep your head in the sand? Or are you going to examine the evidence, looking at both sides? In short, are you going to be obedient to God in trying the spirits, or disobediently close your eyes and ears and plug another Bob Gray sermon tape into the dash of your car?
My next question for you is this. If they lied to you about that, what else have they lied to you about?