A Review of “The Truth About the Lordship of Christ”
John MacArthur attempts to lay out his understanding of his Reformed faith. The back cover describes how MacArthur walks the reader through “impact of God’s sovereignty, our submission, the characteristics of holy living, and our assurance of salvation.” Unfortunately, the books is not nearly that clear. MacArthur composes many seemingly unrelated, 2-3 paragraph sections on different topics. Each of these small sections use 4-5 proof texts from the Bible to prove MacArthur’s point, and are gathered together in larger sections. A few of these larger sections make up each chapter.
MacArthur takes the Reformed understanding of God and describes it in similar terms as previous Reformed theologians. He discusses how God does not truly love the entire world, but hates the sinner and the wicked (he does call it a “holy hate” on page 8). The rest of the book follows in the same fashion, with these untrue and unbiblical description of God and God’s will being backed up by endless proof-texts.
I would not advise anyone spend money on this book. The only audience who would enjoy this book are those already in the Reformed and Neo-Reformed camps.
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