John Macarthur and Rabbi Feinberg in Jerusalem: A Revealing Account
John MacArthur gives the following account of a trip he made to Jerusalem with his mentor, Charles Feinberg. I think it is very revealing.
"I remember when I was in Jerusalem one time and we were in the convention center, right near the Knesset in Jerusalem, and I was there with Dr. Charles Feinberg, who was the keynote speaker, and David Ben-Gurion was there, who was the Premier of the Land of Israel at that time, and Teddy Kalik (sp.) who was the mayor of Jerusalem. We were sitting on the platform and an amillennialist had come to speak, it was the Jerusalem conference on prophecy, it was a tremendous event, and it was an amillennialist who got up to speak and he made the great announcement to David Ben-Gurion and to some of the Knesset members, and the mayor of Jerusalem, and all these Jewish dignitaries as well as the three thousand people that were there, that the promises to Israel in the Old Testament were being fulfilled in the Church. Now it is one thing to say that, but you don't need to take a trip to Jerusalem to say that. There would be no kingdom . . . he preached on Isaiah 9:6, 'The government will be upon His shoulders'(9:6ff), and he said that means the government of your life, and he's talking about personal conversion here and so on and so forth. Well, I remember when that message was done, and I sat through it with Dr. Feinberg--Dr. Feinberg was, to put it mildly, 'upset.' And his opening line, because he gave the next address, was, 'So we have come all the way to Jerusalem to tell you that you get all the curses but the Gentile Church gets all the blessings.' And then he launched into a message about the promises of God."
So Charles Feinberg and John MacArthur were "upset" because the Amillennialist preached a message about "personal conversion" to David Ben Gurion, who was the first Prime Minister of Israel, Teddy Kollek, the Mayor of Jerusalem, members of the Knesset and 3,000 Jewish people at the Jerusalem prophecy conference. They were upset because the gospel was presented to these lost Jews instead of God's promises of a kingdom to Israel.
This speaks volumes about MacArthur's view of the gospel. He and Feinberg were only interested in advancing the political agenda of the Zionists, but not the gospel of Jesus Christ. MacArthur and Feinberg would have been upset with the apostle Peter who preached Jesus Christ to the Jews in Jerusalem... and there were 3,000 converts!