A few days ago I mentioned John MacArthur:
"1. John MacArthur said you can repent after taking the mark of the beast if you mistakenly take it during the great tribulation. (I disagree with him)
2. He said he couldn't recall ever repenting or being born of the Spirit, that he had always believed in God even as a small child. (God only knows if he is saved, some think this means he isn't born of the Spirit... as for me, I don't know so I'm leaving that one with Jesus)
3. When he talked about his great family heritage, and about his great grandfather being a pastor in Prince Edward Island, Canada, he failed to mention that his great grandfather was also a grand master in a Masonic lodge and held the 33rd degree. (If you are going to talk about great family heritage would it be good to mention the failings as well?... when talking about my grandmother I doubt I'd drag out her skeletons in the closet, but does that prove a lack of being born again? I personally don't think so)"
Here is a clip of John MacArthur saying you can be forgiven of taking the mark:
Anyway, I just could not leave it there especially with regards to the MOB issue. It is such an important issue because the Bible tells us that all who take the mark...well, here's what the Bible tells us:
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
That is not what John MacArthur stated in answering his church member. As a pastor, he should know better than to falsely add to what the word of God actually says. The Bible does not anywhere say that you can take the mark of the beast and later repent of having taken it and avoid the punishment that all who take the mark will receive. The angel warns everyone with a loud voice. The warning goes out, so those who take the mark do so knowingly, there is no excuse. They will worship the beast and his image AND take the mark of the beast. There is a finality to this, a full renunciation of following Jesus to worship this beast and his image and then take the mark to be able to eat, drink and be merry in a world where those who do not take the mark are getting beheaded:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
I have listened to many of John MacArthur teachings and agree with him at least 90% of the time (and for me that's quite a high percentage), and it's true that you should not throw out the baby with the bathwater when it comes to the minor things we can disagree on. Even the Apostle Paul knew that his spiritual children were wise to check what he said with what the scriptures actually say. He commended the Bereans for checking their Bibles (Acts 17:11-- the Bereans only had the Old Testament the NT came later) to double check to make sure what was said lined up with what was in their own Bibles.
I understand why Pastor MacArthur believes the way he does about the mark because this is how he makes it fit his pre-trib philosophy, but pre-trib is a minor issue and not one over which I would part company with him. However the mark of the beast comment does change it up for me quite a bit. One who speaks in the Spirit and authority of Christ (as a pastor over his flock, which when you count all who listen to him online, is quite a substantial number of people) should tread very lightly and carefully and prayerfully about a thing that will send many to hell.
About the 33rd degree mason great grandfather, masonry is satanic through and through. Bragging about a satan worshiper when boasting about spiritual heritage is so strange...I mean, I just cannot picture the Apostle Paul doing so unless he was doing it to show how miraculous it is that he could be saved coming from such satanic roots...so I tried to find out more about it and while I was looking I found out that Grace Community Church is connected to the Church Growth Movement, and has a Dr. Mohler was a keynote speaker at a GCC general conference. Check this out:
I had discovered that Dr. Mohler was a Founding Fellow of the “think tank” of a UN-NGO. I had discovered that a UN-NGO is a non-governmental organization that is listed with the UN and that serves the UN and its one-world agenda.
The link: http://johnmacarthurexposed.blogspot.ca/
Follow the link above to read about the strange reactions from GCC when it responded to questions about Dr. Mohler's affiliations with GCC and with the UN.
Although I find these things about John MacArthur very disconcerting, for me it is still about reading the Bible on my own, trusting Jesus, being taught by the Holy Spirit, and only agreeing with people like John MacArthur as far as they stay true to what the Bible clearly says.
However, yes, MacArthur blew it big time when advising someone that taking the MOB is something that can be repented of (when the Bible does not say such a thing), then boasting of family who clearly was a prominent figure in a satanic organization, and having connections with the United Nations and the Global Church Movement. All of these things are not good, not good at all. It makes me extremely sad to know this about him and his ministry because I truly believed he was doing so much good for the kingdom of Jesus...and I still believe there are many who are true that are part of his congregation, but I hope they will stop following a man and only stay true to what the Bible says....and when they start chipping people, I hope MacArthur's people do not take the mark.
It is possible that MacArthur has already sold out to the beast system and when it comes to the time when they begin chipping people he might be a voice to "his people" saying "It's ok, this isn't it because we are still here, the rapture hasn't happened yet so this can't be it. I'll show you, I'll be first in line to take it." God knows.
Can I change anyone's mind if they truly believe MacArthur can do no wrong? Probably not, and that isn't something I should strive for anyway. I just need to keep my eyes on the Lord, test all things by the Word of God, and scatter bread upon the water, and who knows if anything will come of it? If any of this helps someone, praise the Lord for then He has done it, He gets all the glory.
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.