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 John MacArthur Stealthily Promotes the Emergent Church

The following was written by Watch-Pray and taken from John Macarthur Cult Watch Forum.

John Macarthur preaches against the Emergent Church and its doctrinal errors, however, the endnotes throughout his popular book, Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, favorably reference the heretical works of Gnostic, modernist and postmodern scholars who deny the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Many of these liberal scholars are anti-Christian and their works, which Macarthur recommends as authoritative, are filled with slander and blasphemy of the Lord Jesus Christ. One example of the many anti-Christian sources in Slave is Yale professor, Dale B. Martin, a practicing homosexual and author of a book, Sex & the Single Savior, which attempts to prove that Jesus was a homosexual. Nowhere does John MacArthur reveal the true identity and blasphemous works of Dale B. Martin.

Francis Chan is a popular preacher in the Emergent Church. The hidden agenda of the Emergent Church is to transition Christians from the Word of God and sound doctrine to liberal postmodern theology, the social gospel and Gnostic doctrine, that is, secret knowledge of occult mysteries which will enable them to access the spiritual (demonic) realm.

Francis Chan received his undergraduate education at The Master’s College and training for ministry at The Master’s Seminary. In his best-selling book, Crazy Love, Francis Chan’s message is similar to MacArthur's, that salvation is obtained through a system of works and spiritual experiences instead of simple faith in the finished work of Christ. To support his thesis, Chan quoted a homosexual Catholic priest and mystic, Henri Nouwen, without disclosing the man’s religion and lifestyle, thereby giving readers the impression that Nouwen was a Christian. Both Chan and MacArthur maintain that the Christian Church has been in error lo these many centuries and has preached a false gospel of “easy believism” instead of “radical Christianity” which is akin to the spiritual bondage of pagan religions.

John MacArthur and Grace Community Church also funded and supported Gary Ezzo, the author of Babywise, a series of popular books on child rearing. Ezzo and his wife, Ann Marie, were sponsored and promoted by Grace Community Church during the 1980s and 1990s, and then launched Growing Families International which expanded into 93 countries, reaching more than a million followers. Their book series, Babywise, warns parents of newborns to maintain a strict feeding schedule and not to respond to their baby's cries for mere attention. Gary and Ann Marie Ezzo reject the traditional belief that mother and child need to bond early in life for the baby to develop normally, and, to support their program, they quote radical feminist sources without identifying their liberal affiliations and agenda.

One source is psychologist, Michael E. Lamb, a member of the ACLU and NOW (among other liberal and Communist organizations), who actively promotes feminism, gay rights and same sex marriage. The second source cited by Ezzo as an authority on parenting is Diane E. Eyer, a New Age Healer, Reike Master and radical feminist. Although the Ezzos present their theories of "detachment parenting" as God's way, their child rearing program is a revival of the 1970s feminist movement which liberated millions of women from the constraints of caring for their children. Unfortunately, the younger generation of parents does not remember the early days of the feminist movement and its strident demands for women's liberation which instigated the breakdown of the family.  

The agenda of the feminist and gay rights movement is the destruction of the traditional family and a new social order. Because John MacArthur, Francis Chan and Gary Ezzo use feminist and gay rights activists as support for their false teachings, it is not unreasonable to surmise that their agenda may also be the destruction of the family and family bonds. Who could successfully promote the anti-Christian agenda of women’s liberation, the social gospel and mysticism in Christian churches but leaders who are reputed to be biblical and conservative?

John MacArthur has a reputation for being a doctrinally sound expositor of God’s Word and a defender of the faith against apostasy. He also preaches the family values presented in the Bible. Yet John MacArthur and the men he has mentored and launched into ministry are proposing drastic changes in the doctrines of the Church and also the nature and order of the family. Notwithstanding their claims of orthodoxy, these men are stealthily transitioning the next generation to the liberal, heretical Emergent Church, which preaches a social gospel of works, moral relativism and reliance on mystical experiences instead of obedience to the Word of God. And to insure that the next generation abandons traditional Bible-based churches and embraces the new way of doing church, they are destroying family bonds so that young people will reject the Biblical Christianity of their parents.

John MacArthur, Frances Chan and Gary Ezzo are only a few of the false teachers who have hijacked the Christian Church and are transitioning Christians from the doctrine of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone to the social gospel, liberal theology, and mystical experiences as the way to knowing God. These men do not do this overtly, but by stealth; for example, concealing vital information about the the sources referenced in their books. For this reason, it is imperative that Christians check out the sources in the footnotes and endnotes in all books promoted as “Christian” to verify that they are in fact based on Christian sources, except for sources explicitly identified as non-Christian.  

The endgame of the Emergent Church, and those who deceptively promote its leaders and agenda, is to lead the apostate Church into full-blown occultism, which will culminate in receiving the mark of the Beast at a global initiation during the Tribulation period. This will be a pagan ritual of pledging allegiance to Lucifer which will damn multitudes of professing Christians to eternity in hell. Predictably, John MacArthur has already assured his church that those who receive the mark of the Beast will not be damned for eternity but may still be redeemed


Heretical Sources Listed in John Macarthur's "Slave"

What vital information about the sources referenced in his book "Slave" has John Macarthur concealed in his effort to deceptively promote the Emergent Church's agenda? To what end is John MacArthur determined to prove that Christians are slaves of God and Christ? 

In the following I've taken the liberty to list some of the sources Macarthur used to "make" his case in "Slave" along with some of the vital information Macarthur concealed from his readers concerning the sources. This list only includes a very small fraction of the information contained in John Macarthur's "Slave" BookJohn Macarthur's Heretical Sources , John Macarthur's Christian Slavery and Falling Away From the Faith which I strongly urge all Christians read to fully understand the depth and breadth of Macarthur's evil devices and deceptions.


Dale B. Martin--a Yale professor and an admitted homosexual "who blasphemes Jesus Christ as a homosexual."

Bart D Ehrman--"writes books that debunk the Bible and promote the false God and counterfeit Jesus found in non-canonical writings."

Walter Wurzburger--a Rabbi and leader of Orthodox Judaism who promoted the Talmud and Kabbalah. "Why would John MacArthur also conceal the late Rabbi Walter Wurzburger’s Jewish title in his reference note?"

Janet Martin Soskice--a past president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and "a feminist theologian whose books advocate for women in the priesthood and also for the Holy Spirit as female."

Murray J Harris--a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School who denies the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Karl Heinrich Rengstorf--a German Lutheran theologian who promoted the teaching of the Jewish Kabbalist, Martin Buber, and who believed Jewish Hasidim "had a special mission to our time." 

James Aloysius Kleist--a Jesuit priest who referenced The First Epistle of Clement of Rome.

John Allen Giles--"rejected the dating and authenticity of the Old Testament as well as the apostolic authorship of the New Testament and he supported the views of formidable opponents of early Christianity, Celsus and Porphyry...Celsus was a second century Greek philosopher who wrote that Jesus was illegitimate and learned magic in Egypt. Porphyry was a third century neo-Platonist..."

J. Albert Harrill--"...rejects 'the old 'biblical theology' approach' and interprets passages of Scripture as a literary device, comparing them to Greek and Roman theater..."

Jennifer Glancy--"a Professor of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College, which was founded by the Jesuit Order...an instructor at Union Theological Seminary...Her research into the 'feminist sexual ethics' of Christian slavery has been funded by Ford Foundation..."

Reginald E. O. White--"Reginald E. O. White’s Christian Ethics is an apologetic for the 'social gospel' which feigned to embrace the moral principles taught by Jesus Christ as a ploy to move mankind into the New Age."

The Shepherd of Hermas--an Apocryphal work identified by Theosophist H. P. Blavatsky as a “kabbalistic text.”

The Epistle of Clement--an Apocryphal work

The Septuagint--a perverted translation written by Alexandrian Jews which included the Apocrypha. 

How many Christians who purchased "Slave" have been duped into believing Macarthur's thesis because they didn't take the time to check the heretical sources he used?