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John MacArthur

John F. MacArthur, Jr. (born June 14, 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is an American evangelical writer and minister, most noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You. He is currently serving as Pastor-Teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and as President of The Master's College (and the related Master's Seminary) in Santa Clarita, California. Image File history File links John F. MacArthur, Jr. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total   - Width   - Length   - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 158,302 sq mi  410,000 km² 250 miles  402. ... The word evangelicalism usually refers to a tendency in diverse branches of Protestantism, typified by an emphasis on evangelism, a personal experience of conversion, biblically-oriented faith, and a belief in the relevance of Christian faith to cultural issues. ... In most Protestant churches, a minister is a member of the ordained clergy who leads a congregation or participates in a role in a parachurch ministry; such a person may also be called a Pastor, Preacher, Bishop, Chaplain or Elder. ... Main article: Minister of religion A pastor is the head minister or priest of a Christian church. ... Sun Valley is a region in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, north of North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and south of Pacoima, Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total   - Width   - Length   - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 158,302 sq mi  410,000 km² 250 miles  402. ... The Masters College is a comprehensive inter-denominational Christian College in the liberal arts tradition situated among the oak-studded hills of Newhall, California. ... Image:Santa Clarita City Limits. ...



The son of Jack MacArthur (an accomplished preacher in his own right), John MacArthur was a gifted athlete and attended Bob Jones University before transferring to Los Angeles Pacific College (now Azusa Pacific University). He later obtained his Masters of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada. He graduated with honors and in 1969, he became the third pastor in the then-short history of the nondenominatinal Grace Community Church. Preacher is a colloquial term for a clergyman, in particular a local priest, pastor or Minister; one who preaches. ... An athlete is a person who has above average physical skills (strength, agility, and endurance) and is thus suitable for physical activities, in particular, contests. ... Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private, unaccredited, non-denominational, Christian Protestant Fundamentalist, liberal arts university located in Greenville, South Carolina. ... Azusa Pacific University is a private Christian university located in Azusa, California. ... Talbot Theological Seminary became Talbot School of Theology in the fall of 1983 as a result of the merger between the appropriate undergraduate and graduate level programs at Biola University. ... La Mirada is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

In 1985, MacArthur became president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college, and in 1986, founded The Master's Seminary. His daily radio program, Grace to You is broadcast throughout much of the world. He is the author of dozens of books, notably his MacArthur Commentary Series and the MacArthur Study Bible (ISBN 0849912229). He works alongside Phil Johnson who edits most of his written work. This article is about the year. ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Phil Johnson Phillip R. Johnson (born June 11, 1900 in Oklahoma City, OK) is a writer, theologian, and popular blogger. ...

MacArthur was awarded honorary doctorates from Grace Graduate School (Litt.D) and Talbot (D.D).


MacArthur has been embroiled in a number of controversies, the most famous of which was the first time an evangelical church had ever been sued for malpractice. Kenneth Nally, a 24-year old seminary student, committed suicide in 1979. The following year, MacArthur and several members of the staff were brought to court to determine the legality of counseling people from the Bible rather than modern psychology, although Nally had been receiving psychological help elsewhere as well. After seven years of court rulings, challenges, and appeals, the California Supreme Court found that there was not enough evidence to go to a full trial. A seminary is a specialized university-like institution for the purpose of instructing students in religion, often in order to prepare them to become members of the clergy. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...

Theological Views

His theology is best described as evangelical and dispensational although he rejects some of the classic dispensational ideas – hence his self-description as a "leaky dispensationalist." With regard to the doctrines of predestination, he is Calvinistic. His book The Gospel According to Jesus (ISBN 0310394910) caused great controversy in the evangelical church by arguing for lordship salvation, which teaches that good works are a necessary result and proof of being justified by God. MacArthur is also a strong proponent of expository preaching. Theology is reasoned discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). It can also refer to the study of other religious topics. ... Dispensationalism is a conceptual overview and interpretive framework for understanding the overall flow of the Bible. ... Predestination is a religious idea, under which the relationship between the beginning of things and the destiny of things is discussed. ... Calvinism is a system of Christian theology and an approach to Christian life and thought, articulated by John Calvin, a Protestant Reformer in the 16th century, and subsequently by successors, associates, followers and admirers of Calvin and his interpretation of Scripture. ... Lordship salvation is a controversial teaching in Christian theology which maintains that good works are a necessary consequence of being justified before God. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Michelangelos depiction of God in the painting Creation of the Sun and Moon in the Sistine Chapel This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Expository preaching is preaching that expounds upon the meaning of a particular text or passage of Scripture. ...

MacArthur's writings are respectfully critical of many modern Christian movements such as the charismatic movement (especially those who teach the controversial "prosperity gospel") and "seeker-friendly" leaders such as Robert Schuller, Bill Hybels, and Rick Warren. The Charismatic Movement is a movement that began with the adoption of certain Pentecostal beliefs—specifically what are known as the bibilical charisms of Christianity: speaking in tongues, prophesying, etc. ... Robert Harold Schuller (born September 16, 1926) is an American televangelist known around the world through his weekly broadcast The Hour of Power. ... Bill Hybelsis the founding and Senior Pastorof Willow Creek Community Churchin South Barrington, Illinois. ... Richard D. Warren (born January 28, 1954) is a best-selling Christian author and founding and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, now one of the largest churches in the United States. ...

He has also written over 75 books, the most popular being The MacArthur Study Bible, which has sold over 500,000 copies. Some critics of his study Bible contend that MacArthur makes definitive statements on disputed points of theology without providing adequate support. He is also a strong advocate of the Biblical Counseling movement which stresses the Bible as a tool for counseling and rejects psychology's usefulness in spiritual issues.

See also

Charismatic Chaos, by John F. MacArthur Jr. ...

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