John Macarthur's Armed "Temple Guard"
I was recently contacted by a former member of John Macarthur's Grace Community Church who told me that the armed guards Macarthur has stationed throughout his church are referred to as Temple Guards.
Since I didn't know what a "Temple Guard" was, I looked on the internet and found that some modern bible versions have changed the Hebrew word for "doorkeepers" to "temple guards." Look at the license the Contemporary English Version (CEV) takes with these verses including "Temple Guards" in the chapter heading. Note also the CEV's use of the word "clans" instead of "divisions" or "tribes" (a mistranslation that is finding its way into modern versions as noted in Clan MacArthur).
1 Chronicles 26 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Temple Guards Are Assigned Their Duties
1 The temple guards were also divided into groups according to clans.
Meshelemiah son of Kore was from the Korah clan and was a descendant of Asaph.
2 He had seven sons, who were born in the following order: Zechariah, Jediael, Zebadiah, Jathniel,
3 Elam, Jehohanan, and Eliehoenai.
4-5 Obed-Edom had been blessed with eight sons: Shemaiah, Jehozabad, Joah, Sachar, Nethanel, Ammiel, Issachar, and Peullethai.
6-7 Shemaiah was the father of Othni, Rephael, Obed, Elzabad, Elihu, and Semachiah. They were all respected leaders in their clan.
8 There were sixty-two descendants of Obed-Edom who were strong enough to be guards at the temple.
The Hebrew word שׁוֺעֵר means a "doorkeeper" or "janitor" (not temple guard) ...
שׁוֺעֵר#7778 show`er sho-are' or shomer:
active participle of 8176 (as denominative from 8179);
a janitor, doorkeeper, porter.
The King James Version translates the Hebrew as "porters":
1 Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
2 And the sons of Meshelemiah were, Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
3 Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh.
4 Moreover the sons of Obededom were, Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth.
5 Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth: for God blessed him.
6 Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born, that ruled throughout the house of their father: for they were mighty men of valour.
7 The sons of Shemaiah; Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, whose brethren were strong men, Elihu, and Semachiah.
8 All these of the sons of Obededom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men for strength for the service, were threescore and two of Obededom.
There are other modern versions, such as the Living Bible and Good News Translation, which are paraphrases, which mistranslate שׁוֺעֵר as "temple guards" instead of gatekeepers. The Message paraphrases the word as "teams of security guards"!!! Verse 12 in The Message reads:
"These teams of security guards, supervised by their leaders, kept order in The Temple of God, keeping up the traditions of their ancestors."
What does "keeping up the traditions of their ancestors" mean? Their ancestors' pagan traditions? The proper translation of the last phrase is "to minister in the house of the Lord":
"Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord." (KJV)
So it looks like the churches are becoming armed camps and some modern translations are conditioning their readers to accept this fact. My former colleague had a friend who moved to Rochester NY and started attending a Baptist church. One day she had lunch with the pastor's wife who told her she always carried a gun, and then she took it out of her purse to show it to her! I wonder how many Baptist and other MacArthur-affiliated churches have an armed "Temple Guard" and the members don't know it.
The Al Malaikah Shrine Temple has Temple Guards
According to The Roy Rogers Masonic Connection, Roy Rogers was a Master Mason when John Macarthur's father baptized him in 1948 and Rogers was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner in 1952 when Jack Macarthur was his friend frequently visiting his home. Roy Rogers was a member of the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple in Los Angeles. The Al Malaikah Shrine Temple website under the title "Al Malaikah Units" lists the Shrine as having both a Temple Guard and a Temple Patrol. We know John Macarthur's church has a Temple Guard and it's also known that John Macarthur has armed guards escorting and protecting him even when he is away from his church. According to the Al Malaikah website and regarding its Temple Patrol (called Sahara Patrol):
"Al Malaikah Patrol was the first Unit formed in 1899. This Unit is the personal escort for the Potentate and accompanies him to all functions including his official visitations, parades, conferences and conventions."
Could these armed guards escorting Macarthur be his Temple Patrol? Now since it's believed Macarthur is a Freemason and it's known that his church has a Temple Guard, it makes one wonder if Grace Community Church is also a Masonic Lodge.