John MacArthur

John MacArthur is the first preacher I heard tell about the pragmatism in our modern church. In short, this theory (which fits the American way of life) says that if you get results as a church (many church visitors, many getting saved, etc) then your methods are good. If you have results, then it’s a good method. Of course, there are also extreme methods (like “emerging church” or “purpose-driven church”), but I assume this is always tempting, even if we don’t get as far as Saddleback or Willow Creek. 

In my opinion, MacArthur has a sound doctrine (and of course this should be the most important factor). By the way, he’s a calvinist (not sure whether a five-point one, but he has a good dose of calvinism nevertheless).

By the way, a joke from one of his Q&A sessions. Someone asked if there will be pets in heaven or animals altogether. And he replied “no, there’s no evidence in the Bible that there will be animals in heaven”. Ok, did he continue, we are told in Revelation that Lord Jesus will ride a white horse. And, then, in a tone of “ok, you got me here”, “Yes, there will be a white horse in heaven. But that’s all” 😉

For me, he (and his ministry, Grace to you) has been a blessing (and continues to be). A lot of free sermons, on virtually every topic.

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