Warning on John MacArthur
MacArthur is very popular among Calvinists and evangelicals alike (Matt 7:13). The primary reason for that is his good oration skills and better than average exegetical preaching. Admitingly, he is a lot better than mainstream “evangelicals” and heretics like Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah, and the list goes on. Nevertheless, born again believers have a responsibility before God to judge preachers by the Word of God (1 Cor 2:15-16; 10:15; 1 Th 5:21) and not by feelings or opinions, and I intend to continue to do that in spite of opposition by those who blindly follow men. God warns, “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” (Pr 19:27).
Many evangelicals, Calvinists and even Baptists have the attitude of unquestioning loyalty to man, which isn’t only unBiblical but cultic. No preacher is above being tested and reproved by God’s Word or has authority to demand unquestioning loyalty. A godly preacher, in fact, doesn’t desire unquestioning loyalty. Like Paul, he is pleased when people judge him, his message and his ministry by God’s Word (Ac 17:11; 1 Cor 10:15). The Bereans, who did just that, Paul exalts as “noble.” Testing and discernment is critical, and never divorced from its practicality: to necessity to warn, to expose, and to separate.
A preacher’s only authority is the Bible, and when he strays from that he has no authority whatsoever. John MacArthur does some straying. And it’s not new either. From the time he was in Bible school he’s been straying. MacArthur's proclamation of some truth can create in one's mind a delusion. In God’s standard of judgment, good does not outweigh the bad nor do we eat the meat and spit out the bones (an unBiblical phrase). Someone that wilfully teaches false doctrine, is to be marked and avoided regardless of his apparent good teachings and stances (Rom 16:17-18).
MacArthur is compromised, hypocritical and even heretical in a number of important areas, none of which have ever been publicly repented of, as far as I am aware. MacArthur himself has rightly revealed the truth about false teachers, that “. . . they are dangerous when they tell truth because often they cannot be distinguished from true teachers. The key to being a successful false teacher is to tell as much of the truth as possible.” (MacArthur's Bible study guide, Joy And Godliness, p. 17). And, “The subtlety of false teaching is that it uses the Word of God but misrepresents its teaching. Those who teach something explicitly and overtly anti-biblical, anti-Christ, and anti-God pose no real threat to the Christian church. But subtle teaching that appears to be biblical yet pulls unwary souls away from the faith is a great danger to the church.” (MacArthur's Bible study guide, Avoiding Spiritual Counterfeiters, p. 17).
In these two quotes, MacArthur is actually describing himself and his companions, as we will note below.
1. He embraces and preaches a corrupted gospel.
The corrupted gospel that he purveys is one that eliminates the need for the shedding of Christ’s blood; one that embraces the false TULIP of Calvinism (which denies Christ died as a Substitute for all men but only for the “elect, where you have to be regenerated in order to believe, where man is so totally depraved he cannot seek after God or repent or do anything related to God, where God’s grace is so resistible that it can’t be resisted, where some have been elected to eternal life and some to eternal reprobation regardless of their will, etc) and other elements of a false gospel including the damnable heresy that self-murderers (suicides) go to heaven.
MacArthur has denied, rather than affirmed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: "We are not saved by some mystical heavenly application of Jesus' literal blood." In another place, MacArthur says the blood of Christ “could not save” and “it was not the FLUID that saved us, it was the DEATH of Christ.” In the May 1976 issue of the Grace to You Family paper that is distributed to his church, MacArthur published an article titled “Not His Bleeding, but His Dying.” In this, MacArthur plainly stated that it is not the blood of Christ that saves. Ten years later, in a letter to Tim Weidlich, Paul Clark, Kevin Jolliff of BJU in Greenville, SC, April 4, 1986, MacArthur made the following statement of his position:
“Obviously, it was not the blood of Jesus that saves or He could have bled for us without dying. It was His death for sin that saves. When Romans 3:25 speaks of ‘faith in His blood’ everyone understands that to be a reference to His death — not the blood running through His body. In Romans 5:9, being ‘justified by His blood’ also refers to His death, as verse 10 makes clear in saying ‘we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son.’ In fact, the careful explanation of salvation in Romans 6 omits any reference to His blood at all. The point is that the shedding of blood was just the visible indication of His death, His life being poured out. … I admit that because of some traditional hymns there is an emotional attachment to the blood — but that should not pose a problem when one is dealing with theological or textual specificity. I can sing hymns about the blood and rejoice with them — but I understand that reference to be a metonym for His death.”
MacArthur has continued preaching this, and in his commentary on Hebrews, he repeatedly says the blood is merely “symbolic” of death. This is the false and blasphemous position taken by Robert Bratcher, editor of the perverted and diabolical Today’s English Version of the Bible. In that perverted translation the word “death” is almost always substituted for the word “blood” when the Scriptures are referring to Christ’s atonement. This is a damnable heresy, because the atonement REQUIRES BOTH the death and the blood of Christ (Heb. 9:22). The blood IS NOT merely symbolic for death. It itself is a crucial part of our salvation. Allegedly he changed his mind about denying Christ’s blood, but his Hebrews commentary speaks otherwise. Even if it were true that he no longer denies this; to have ever believed it to the degree he did reveals something deeply spiritually wrong. Gal 1:6-9 warns of those who corrupt God’s gospel.
Add to all that, no testimony of personal salvation is ever found on MacArthur but rather a profession of always believing in Christ, which is deeply troubling and unscriptural, shedding light on a false believer (Is 8:20).
MacArthur believes a person can kill themselves and still end up in heaven, which is a false gospel. As stated in his article entitled "Can one who commits suicide be saved?" (hard copy). MacArthur's second to last sentence reads: “So though it may be possible for a true believer to commit suicide, we believe that is an unusual occurrence.” (See also MacArthur's statement about God & Hell). Other contemporary and popular heretics that believe and teach this heresy include John Piper, Charles Stanley, Chuck Smith, Gary Cohen, Vernon McGee, David Jeremiah, Billy Graham, Mark Driscoll, Hank Hanegraaff and practically all reformed “theologians” and Calvinists. The Bible on the other hand, (the KJV at the least), says no murderer has eternal life abiding in him (1 Jn. 3:15) and no murderer will ever enter the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21). This heretical philosophy goes directly against Matt. 24:13; Jn. 15:1-6; Rom. 11:22; 1 Cor. 15:2; Col. 1:23; Heb. 3:6, 14; 12:25; & 1 Jn. 4:4; 5:4. Committing suicide is not enduring to the end, while all true believers endure to the end (Matt. 24:13). It is not abiding in Christ, whereas all true believers always abide in Christ (Jn. 15:1-6). It is not continuing in His goodness, while all the truly saved continue in His goodness (Rom. 11:22). It is not holding fast the word, whereas all true believers hold and keep God’s Word (1 Cor. 15:2; 1 Jn. 2:3-5). It is definitely being moved away from the hope of the gospel (Col. 1:23). It is not holding fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end (Heb. 3:6). It is not holding the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end (Heb. 3:14). It is refusing and turning away from Him who speaks from heaven (Heb. 12:25). And, it is not overcoming the world (1 Jn. 5:4), but rather being overcome by the world and the devil (1 Pet. 5:8; 1 Jn. 5:18), while all true believers overcome the world at salvation (Jn. 16:14-16; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 5:3-4). “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” (1 Jn. 5:18). MacArthur's teaching on suicide opens wide the door of death and hell (Lk. 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15) to those in despair, instead of showing them their need for Christ and conversion. This is certainly a destructive and damnable lie (2 Pet. 2:1) spawned in the pit of hell, so I wonder who MacArthur’s father is? (see Jn. 8:44).
2. He is a staunch Reformed Calvinist which is heresy.
Some of which concerning the TULIP covered last point. MacArthur claims that murderous heretic “John Calvin” (a copycat of the the even worst Augustine), who believed and embraced in a works-based salvation (baptismal regeneration and communion required for salvation), “was such a profound Christian." Calvin personally saw to the cold-blooded torture and murder of over fifty people. MacArthur has his own “Bible,” the John MacArthur ESV Study Bible, which is not only laden with the same corruption of the other hundreds of modern English perversions (additions, omissions, changes), since they after all all derive from the Critical Text, but also aggressively promotes Calvinism in its marginal explanations of key passages. It claims to present “Reformation truth,” which equates the Reformation with Calvinism. That is true; both are very similar in beliefs, practices, persecutions and heresy.
3. He countenances false worship in worldly and ungodly rock & roll music (aka. CCM) which is not only greatly dishonouring to God but also evil (2 Col 4:4; Jam 4:4).
Herein we also see MacArthur’s pervasive hypocrisy. He supposedly preaches against this ungodly strange fire music but then has plenty of the same at his youth conference Resolve, and Shepherd’s Conference, G3 Conference and recently even entertained Matt Redman in chapel “worship” (a longtime partner of Hillsong United, Bethel Music, and a Joyce Meyer Ministries “worship” leader — all equally ungodly and heretical). The hymnal used at GCC is filled with unBiblical CCM music, authored by apostates. People who love this music have never had a heart change and are void of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The Bible tells us to “hate every false way” (Ps. 119:128) and to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Eph. 5:11). That means we must hate this CCM stuff and reject professing “Christians” and “Churches” that compromise and apostatize with it. We must hate what they do and the way they do it. We must hate the philosophy of ministry that it represents and the way it misrepresents the God of the Bible. We must hate the way it deceives the people with whom it is involved and what it does to churches. We must hate the way that it harms and even ruins discernment and the way that it perverts a biblical or true understanding of spirituality and love. We must not tolerate it or have anything to do with it. We must hate the way that it endorses false worship for churches. It's disgusting. Nauseating of the face-in-palm kind. To love and embrace this worldly flesh-worshipping raucous is a mark of a false deceived “believer” (I Jn. 2:15-17; Jam. 4:4; Jn. 15:18-20; 17:14–16).
4. He is a neo-evangelical ecumenist who associates and yokes with heretics and apostates.
He associates with such heretics as John Piper, J.I. Packer, Larry Crabb, James Dobson, Billy Graham, Luis Palau, the terribly heretical and corrupt NRB, Jerry Falwell, Jack Hayford, Catholics, etc. That means he is the same (Am 3:3). He speaks of separation but then refuses to practice it, and vilifies those who do. That is hypocrisy, again. He claims those that practice separation are “cruel and unbiblical” because it builds “high walls in terms of conduct and relationships” and vilifies those who cross the walls. Building walls is exactly what the Bible demands when it calls for separation (Rom 12:2; 16:17; 2 Cor 6:14-18; Eph 5:11; 1 Tim 6:3-5; 2 Tim 3:5; 2 Jn 1:9-11; etc) but unsaved people don’t separate (2 Cor 6:14-18; Eph 5:5-12; 1 Tim 6:3-5).
In true new evangelical fashion, MacArthur quotes approvingly from the writings of modernistic neo-orthodox theologians. In the “President’s Message” of the Master’s Current paper in 1995, MacArthur mentioned Dietrich Bonhoeffer four times in a half-page column. Bonhoeffer was an apostate unbeliever who taught that the Bible is not the infallible Word of God and who did not believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, amongst a mass of other heresy. MacArthur also sells seriously dangerous books in his church bookstore, such as ones by Henri Nouwen (a Roman Catholic mystic and a universalist who believes the gospel is not sufficient in this age, and offers a mystical psychological/sociological gospel in its place), Chuck Colson (whose wife is Roman Catholic) book The Body, which calls upon evangelicals and Roman Catholics to join forces, etc. The apostasy of new evangelicalism has progressed so far that an Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ETC) document was published in 1994 and signed by influential ecumenical evangelicals such as Chuck Colson, Bill Bright, Pat Robertson, and J.I. Packer. Among other things, the document said:
“It is neither theologically legitimate nor a prudent use of resources for one Christian community [evangelicals] to proselytize active adherents of another Christian community [Catholics].”
In other words, it called upon Protestants and Baptists to stop attempting to evangelize Roman Catholics! MacArthur disagreed with ETC and he challenged them privately, but his non-separatist stance was evident when he said that he continued to respect the signers, such as Colson, Bright, and Packer (Charisma, July 1995). That is wicked compromise and heresy and places zero weight on his statement of disagreement. It just proves hypocrisy and its nauseating. How can there be respect for and fellowship with those who undermine and confuse the very gospel itself by associating with the RCC and by calling upon evangelicals to stop trying to evangelize Catholics? It is gross compromise and open disobedience to God’s Word to ignore such a thing and to continue in fellowship with those who are committing such terrible and grievous error. Paul taught that if a professing brother disobeys the Word of God, we are to withdraw ourselves from them (2 Th. 3:6). THAT is biblical separation. Continuing in fellowship with them is not separation and is not faithfulness to God’s Word. It actually shows a greater love for man than God, and people that do such are clearly lost hypocrites (cf. Pr. 29:25; De. 6:5; 7:9; 10:12; 13:3-4; Jos. 23:11; Ps. 145:20; Pr. 8:17; Lk. 10:27; cf. II Th 3:5; I Cor. 16:22). Obedience to God’s Word, especially in those areas that are more difficult, proves our love for the Lord. Separation is also not isolation. Isolation is a caricature of the doctrine of separation. It's a term neo-conservatives use to smear. Biblical separation is true unity. It’s fellowship based on the truth.
The following overview by Pastor Frank Bumpus of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship gives some of the background pertaining to MacArthur’s terrible compromise:
"In 1959, he [MacArthur] abruptly left the student body of a Christian university known for its fundamental stance [BJU]. Approximately one year later, his father resigned from the Cooperating Board of the same institution during the battle over ecumenical evangelism. Both rejected the separatist position and moved firmly into the new evangelical camp with its leading spokesman, Dr. Billy Graham. The fact is John MacArthur, Jr., and his father repudiated fundamentalism in the midst of the battle and went over to the enemy. You can tell a preacher's sympathies by the colleges he promotes. He has confirmed his position by the institutions, mission programs, and associations maintained through the years. Two of the schools he has encouraged his young people to attend are Wheaton College and BIOLA College, hardly fundamental institutions [indeed not—they are bastions of heresy and worldliness]. He has allowed his church people to come under the influence of new evangelical Talbot Seminary by hosting their extension courses. His mission program has included such organizations as Campus Crusade, Youth for Christ, the Navigators and the Orient Crusades. When questioned about the reason for recently dropping support for Campus Crusade, a staff member indicated that the issue was not separation from evil, but rather Campus Crusade's lack of a local church emphasis. He also stated that pastor and staff considered themselves evangelicals, not fundamentalists. . . . It is not surprising that those who come under his influence often become critical of the separatist position. It is disheartening when young preachers return from MacArthur-land singing a familiar refrain heard when new evangelicalism emerged back in the late 1950's. The words are a little different, of course, but the message is the same, ‘I am weary of fundamentalists and their legalism. There is not love. I am following MacArthur because he preaches the Bible and is not always talking about standards.’ Neither has the chorus changed much, ‘We have become too separated. Let us build loving bridges of communication.’”
Both those colleges (Wheaton and BIOLA) are in fact excessively heretical and unBiblical and far from the truth of God’s Word. All the neo-evangelical organizations mentioned above are exceedingly unscriptural and heretical and unbiblical. This is what Jesus would say to such: “Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” (Mk 7:6).
There are plenty of further examples that could be provided on MacArthurs compromise and disobedience. MacArthur repeatedly demonstrates his hatred for Biblical separation, and that is right on par with the average neo-evangelical. Hatred not only for the doctrine, but also for those who practice it. This is the attitude and philosophy of the new evangelical, for they all oppose God’s doctrine of separation, which is found literally everywhere in Scripture and a major attribute of God. Opposing separation creates a mindset of tolerance and accommodation and veering further and further away from the truth. Some new evangelicals deceptively claim to believe in separation and might even talk about it and mention it from the pulpit in some very vague generalities; but in practice they do follow it, in heart they do not support it, in speech they speak out against the separatist rather than against those who disobey separation, and in truth, they actually reject it. You can’t fool God (see De. 13:3-4; Gal. 6:7-8). Separation starts with salvation (Pr. 9:6; 18:1; 2 Cor. 6:14-18) and so all who are truly saved WILL separate themselves from unbelievers, false teachers, false teachings, heretics, compromisers, worldliness and sin.
5. He fully embraces and teaches psychology, hypocritically.
He preaches against psychology but then promotes psychology extensively in his teaching, preaching (e.g. Mother's Day Message 1990, “Shade for Our Children”), and books (Our Sufficiency In Christ) and has psychoheretics and wolves in his staff for years (e.g. Gary Ezzo, producer of the highly psychological and heretical program “Growing Kids God's Way,” popular at MacArthurs church and at “evangelical” churches such as EMC).
One example of his own "subtle teaching that appears to be biblical" is his teaching on "self-worth" (a disguised form of "self-esteem"). Though MacArthur claims to be against psychology and its message of self, he himself subtly proclaims it. For example, in his commentary on Ephesians on p. 6 he writes, “The only way a person can achieve a true sense of self-worth, meaning and significance is to have a right relationship to his Creator.” Where in the Word of God are we ever exhorted to "achieve" a "sense of self-worth"? Nowhere. Such teaching is humanistic and self-centered. You can find this "self-worth" teaching scattered throughout MacArthur's material. For instance, you can find it in his Bible study guides, Alive In Christ (pp. 22-23), The Believers Life In Christ (pp. 27, 36, and 70), The Anatomy Of A Church (p. 29); and in the book, The Vanishing Conscience (p. 90). Furthermore, MacArthur's daily devotional, Drawing Near, you can find more self-centered humanistic teaching as he perverts the fall of man into a self-focused "identity crisis." In the January 7, 2022 devotion, at the head of the page in bold print he writes: “A true sense of identity comes from knowing that God himself personally selected you to be His child.” Then, speaking about the fall of man (i.e. when Adam and Eve disobeyed God) he writes, “That created within man a spiritual void and an identity crisis of unimaginable proportions.” This is what MacArthur thinks, not what God says or thinks. Such "identity crisis" teaching is completely "void" from Genesis to Revelation, but is derived from psychology, from his friends psychoheretics James Dobson and Larry Crabb.
More teaching on self can be found in his Bible study guide, Alive In Christ, where he teaches the psychological concept of self-forgiveness [Although, worth mentioning, in his book The Freedom And Power Of Forgiveness, 1998, on p. 190, he teaches against self-forgiveness, so we note the typical contradictions in evangelical and reformed writings]. On pp. 66-67, he exhorts in bold print, "Do you have a problem forgiving yourself?" Then he states, “In Christ, we're all beloved sons . . . totally forgiven. Therefore, if you can't forgive yourself, you've got a God complex. . . . God has already accepted you - so accept yourself! So, if God can accept us, we can accept ourselves. Our sense of worth comes from knowing that we matter to God. And if we matter to God, we should matter to ourselves . . . Self-worth and a firm self-image . . . come from a knowledge of what God has done for you in Christ.” This is heresy and goes against everything Gods Word says about man. His teaching sounds appealing to the human mind, but it is completely outside the bounds of holy writ (2 Jn. 1:9; Ver 17:9). Although he teaches against self-esteemism, he also hypocritically teaches "self-worth", and self-centered concepts of self "significance" and "identity."
MacArthurs Book Shack has sold a lot of seriously heretical books over the years, many many more than listed here, but here are some of the more popular psychologically-oriented blatant heretics. Pantheistic New Ager and apostate Tony Campolo; financial psychologizers Larry Burkett and Ron Blue; psychological "Christian Marriage Enrichment" counsellor heretic H. Norman Wright; self-love advocates Josh McDowell, Chuck Swindoll, and R.C. Sproul (also a baby sprinkler and staunch calvinist who was unsure whether he would be in heaven); four temperaments guru Tim LaHaye; right-brain/left-brain mentor Donald Joy; religious humanist Don Matzat; ecumenical Catholicism promoter and psychologizer Chuck Colson; New Age Roman Catholic psychologist, mystic, and universalist Henri Nouwen; Arminian apostate revivalist works-salvation Charles Finney; womens' ministries psychologizers Kay Arthur, Linda Dillow, and Carol Mayhall; and other lesser known psychologically-oriented authors. All are ravening heretics. The whole lot. Yet sold as good “Christian” fodder by MacArthur.
6. He embraces and teaches other heresy and false doctrine, denies clear truths of Scripture and is a great compromiser.
He denies the eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ. He claims those taking the mark of the beast can still be saved. He divides doctrine into essentials/non-essentials, which is heresy. He corrupts plenty of scripture. He teaches a false fear of God, which damns souls to hell, since no man can be saved without true fear of the Lord. MacArthur embraces modern “Bible” perversions, which are filled with blasphemous distortions of God’s Holy words, with false doctrine and frightful perversions. In an online interview with Tim Challies on Feb 9, 2011, MacArthur had this to say regarding modern Bible versions:
“I am thankful for excellent English translations like the NASB, NKJV, and ESV. But I do wish they had done a better job translating both ebed (in the OT) and doulos (in the NT) as slave. And I am glad that some new versions like the Holman Christian Standard Bible are doing this.” (http://www.challies.com/node/4994).
This point alone proves MacArthur to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. There is only One God, and He has authored only One Book.
7. He is a hypocrite.
He preaches one thing out of his mouth but practices the very thing he condemns. He preaches against strange fire music, I.e. charismatic music, but then accepts it, refuses to denounce it or separate from those who embrace it, and even has the same in his church. Hypocrisy. He is worldly in practice, “culturally liberal,” (dressing, entertainment, non-separation, worldliness, etc) while preaching doctrinally against worldliness. Hypocrisy. Out of one side of the mouth he says he’s against psychology, while the other side speaks in favour of it (his books are filled with it, including quotations from pyschoheretics). Hypocrisy. He preaches on separation but then mocks separatists and doesn’t actually separate from the world, from error or from a number of heretics. Triple hypocrisy.
All this is the behaviour of a hypocrite, and the Bible is actually quite clear that hypocrites are always lost! (See Job 8:13; 13:16; 15:34; 17:8; 20:5; 27:8; 36:13; Ps 35:16; Pr 11:9; Is 9:17; 10:6; 33:14; Matt 6:1-5, 16; 7:1-5; 15:7; 16:3; 22:18; 23:13-29; 24:51; Lk 11:38-52; 13:15). MacArthur's teaching is one of hypocrisy (as in Lk 12:1). He will completely contradict himself but deceive the hearts of the simple by good words and fair speeches (Rom 16:17-18). He does that consistently in his books and preaching. Gods Word warns “the hypocrite's hope shall perish” (Job 8:13).
What I have covered here is I believe merely the tip of the iceberg. MacArthur is a hypocrite and heretic who purveys damning doctrine. He teaches “another Jesus, another gospel, and another spirit” (2 Cor 11:4). His popularity in these last days of great apostasy should be enough warning for any discerning believer (Lk 6:26). The context of the false teacher (Rom 16:17) tells us why this is so: “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Rom 16:18). The big church and ministry also fits.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (Rom 16:17).
Rom 16:17-18 is a precise description of not only MacArthur but all popular teachers today. Sadly most don’t have the discernment to tell the difference for they are simple which is one Biblically classified as lost. As noted already, the following quote is a self-incriminating speech of himself: "The subtlety of false teaching is that it uses the Word of God but misrepresents its teaching. Those who teach something explicitly and overtly anti-biblical, anti-Christ, and anti-God pose no real threat to the Christian church. But subtle teaching that appears to be biblical yet pulls unwary souls away from the faith is a great danger.”
One that truly loves God and his Word and is not a hypocrite, and truly worships God the Father in Spirit and in truth as all true born again believers do (Jn 4:23-24), and champions unfeigned faith and obedience to Scripture, and not one whose speech changes from one side of the mouth to the other depending on which way the wind is blowing, and not one whose practice contradicts his alleged stance — would have absolutely nothing to do with a hypocritical heretic such as John MacArthur. Yes, he is a heretic indeed and “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself” (Ti 3:10-11).
He‘s been admonished not just twice but hundreds of times; even the more reason why he is a heretic. The Greek “hairetikos,” translated “heresy” in Ti 3:10, is from “hairtezo,” which is translated “chosen” in Matt 12:18. Heretics willfully choose error; they have a heart problem, not an ignorance problem. Heresy is a work of the flesh in a lost man (Gal 5:20-21). Someone can be sincerely ignorant of sound doctrine, but the evidence he’s not a heretic clarifies when he responds to the sound doctrine of God’s Word and rejects the error. That’s just the opposite of what MacArthur does. By following a heretic you are not only disobeying Gods Word, but proving yourself to be just like him (Am 3:3).