Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

John MacArthur opens a whole can of worms, so to speak, when he confronts us with The Jesus You Can't Ignore: What You Must Learn from the Bold Confrontations of Christ. He reminds us in this age of non-confrontation, that believers on every levels are involved in spiritual warfare against sin and doctrinal error. If Christ is to be our example in how to engage the enemies of truth and righteousness, then be prepared to see a Christ you may not recognize by modern standards.

The author points out, 
Jesus knew something evangelicals today often forget: Truth doesn't defeat error by waging a public relations campaign. The struggle between truth and error is spiritual warfare, and truth has no way to defeat falsehood except by exposing and refuting lies and false teachings. That calls for candor and clarity, boldness and precision -- and sometimes more severity than congeniality. [emphasis mine]

MacArthur accurately makes the case that the Jesus preached from most modern pulpits bears no resemblance to the Jesus of the Bible. Yet, as he sheds the spotlight on how Christ really dealt with the false teachers of His day, the first reaction may be to turn away. However, you cannot ignore the truth: Chris was confrontational!

From the pulpit to the pew, we need this encouragement to press on in the fight. As we see our Commander in Chief facing the hottest spiritual battles in history, we may confidently expose the false teachings of our day and share the truth without apology.  

I must admit I was ready for this book. As a mentor to women, I have struggled with how to deal with error in the public arena. It seems as though every time I try to share the truth with women -- especially believers -- regarding their marriages, child rearing, and homekeeping, I am shot down by other women -- professing believers -- that I am being harsh and uncaring. For this reason, I have found myself melting into the shadows for fear of offending someone. This book has opened my eyes to how it is important to confront open sin and error head on -- with humility and compassion -- without backing down

A big thank you to Thomas Nelson publishers for 
offering this book in exchange for my thoughts and opinions.