I like to write positive reviews. I like to see the good side of things and find value
in everything I come across.
I am a fan of this man's work. He sharpens my thinking skills.
I don't always agree with him, yet he gets me studying as to WHY I don't agree.
But I do agree and enjoy a lot of his written works.
This one blew me away.
I wasn't prepared for my angst towards this work.
BACK COVER: A Cover Up of Biblical Proportions
The cover up MacArthur is revealing is that everywhere in the Bible the word
"servant" should have been slave.
This cover up is what is keeping most of us from having the correct relationship with Christ.
I would argue that our sin is what keeps us from
standing as near to Christ as we could be.
In order to back up his claims, I was sad to see
the discrediting of Scripture.
While I believed his point to be worthy, there is enough Scripture given that refers to bondage, slavery to SIN, etc...that there was no need to
disparage God's choice of the word
"servant" in many places.
His comparison of slaves to servants is interesting.
His reasoning as to why the word should be slave instead of servant is thought provoking and elicited great conversation between my oldest son and me.
Slaves aren't paid.
MacArthur's first flaw.
I am urged in Scriptures to endure, to keep going, to work for rewards, for crowns,
for His praising words of "well done", for crying out loud- He gave me a mansion!
Slave- it doesn't feel like it.
Maybe the big difference between SLAVE and SERVANT is
the way the Master treats the person.
What WAS good about this book is it led me to studying the Bible.
To "see if these things be".
For that alone, it is a worthy tool to have on the bookshelf.
It is never wrong to be reminded that preachers are mere mortals,
men whose own worldview must be filtered through Scripture and sometimes
even good men get it wrong.
It is up to us to find out what we believe and why we believe it.
And if there is a problem, it is not with the Word of God.
My belief that the word "servant" was not an error, nor a conspiracy
is made stronger now.
I believe God has the power to not lose control of what He wanted us to have
as the Word of God.
~Shannon- Fortunately For You Books