Are you a Child, a Friend, a Bride, or a Slave?
On December 28, 2010, Thomas Nelson published John Macarthur's book, Slave. In this book, John Macarthur claims there was a cover-up in the translation of Bibles that use the word "servant" instead of "slave" when referring to disciples' real relationship to Jesus: "It wasn’t until the spring of 2007, on an all-night flight to London while reading Slave of Christ by Murray J. Harris, that I realized there had been a centuries-long cover-up by English New Testament translators...(Slave, p.1) According to Strong's Concordance, "doulos" (Strong's # 1401) can be defined as a "servant" or a "slave."
Contrary to being slaves, Jesus calls his disciples friends and the Church is the Bride of Christ.
"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." John 15:15
The word of God also states that we are God's children and heirs. "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 3:4:7.
John Macarthur’s “Lordship Salvation” also reduces Christians to the level of slaves and implies that Christians are not free, but are under the Law.
Unfortunately, Macarthur is idolized by many young Christians who, through his false "slave" teaching, will believe that their relationship to God is one of involuntary servitude or slavery.
I've described in other articles on this website the cult-like control John Macarthur maintains over his church's members and attendees. By databasing, surveillance, peer pressure tactics, humiliation, and the misapplication of scripture, his mind-controlled congregation will become more submissive slaves never having a thought to escape their masters.
Our relationship to Jesus Christ is not one of slavery or servitude. Macarthur doesn't point his flock to the kind and gracious Lord Jesus; he only leads them to that slave driver, Lucifer.
On a final note, I'm not sure if John Macarthur refers to himself as God's slave or it's just the rest of us who are slaves. In either case, receiving more than $500K and possibly more than $1M per year, Macarthur is certainly one high paid "slave." Does the reader know of any "slaves" making Macarthur's money? It's my understanding that Macarthur is a member of the Valencia Country Club. So it would be fair to say that the slaves of Christ have it pretty good in Southern California.