February 20, 2020

Category - John MacArthur

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as a prolific author, conference speaker, chancellor of The Master’s University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry, broadcast in English and Spanish speaking countries throughout the world.

There is a lot to be respected about MacArthur’s expository preaching-teaching – in most areas. However, in his 2018 high-profile criticisms of social justice, MacArthur radically departed from his normally careful exegesis of scripture to engage instead in what is known as eisegesis of scripture. Exegesis is the exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis. The word exegesis literally means “to lead out of.” That means that the interpreter is led to his conclusions by following the text. Eisegesis, however, is the process of interpreting text in such a way as to introduce one’s own presuppositions, agendas or biases. It is commonly referred to as reading into the text. It is often done to “prove” a pre-held point of concern, and to provide confirmation bias corresponding with the pre-held agenda. Thus exegesis tends to be objective; and eisegesis, highly subjective.

Social justice is ubiquitously embedded throughout the Bible, and is an integral part of the Lord’s instructions to His people as to how to work out our salvation, loving our neighbors as ourselves. Accordingly, by opposing social justice, MacArthur aids, abets and encourages broad systemic injustice by Christians and people of all (or no) faith traditions against people groups the world marginalizes and oppresses. Accordingly, MacArthur is (completely unawares) perhaps the most prominent builder of New Jim Crow theology in the world today.