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John MacArthur on Christians and Politics

October 20, 2006

John MacArthur is a man whose teaching I have a lot of respect for and the following is no expectation. In a timely four part series he does an outstanding job on explaining what he feels are our rolls, in well politics. I wanted to highlight a little of what he said and encourage you all to read the articles yourselves.

From part one

But is that a proper perspective? I believe not. America’s moral decline is a spiritual problem, not a political one, and its solution is the gospel, not partisan politics.

Part two

This is a lesson evangelicals ought to know from church history. Whenever the church has focused on evangelism and preaching the gospel, her influence has increased. When she has sought power by political, cultural, or military activism, she has damaged or spoiled her testimony.

Part three

My point is not that Christians should remain totally uninvolved in politics or civic activities and causes. They ought to express their political beliefs in the voting booth, and it is appropriate to support legitimate measures designed to correct a glaring social or political wrong. Complete noninvolvement would be contrary to what God’s Word says about doing good in society: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10; cf. Titus 3:1-2). It would also display a lack of gratitude for whatever amount of religious freedom the government allows us to enjoy.

And part four

Using temporal methods to promote legislative and judicial change, and resorting to external efforts of lobbying and intimidation to achieve some sort of “Christian morality” in society is not our calling—and has no eternal value. Only the gospel rescues sinners from sin, death, and hell.

This is an area in my life that I have often struggled with, so it was nice to read something that puts it in prospective.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2008 5:36 am

    I agree with MacArthur. There is a lot of “to do” about John stating that he doesn’t care if Obama wins. Well, even from a purely human stand point, I don’t think it matters.

    More importantly though, I believe that he is right about our need to focus on the Gospel.

    Whether I am right or wrong, I believe that the Lord is preparing to cleanse that which calls itself “Christianity”. I firmly believe that the Lord is preparing to remove the dead branches, in other words, those profess Christ but do not posess Him. Those who do not abide (John 15).

    I believe that God, in HIs sovereign will, is about to remove all protections from the Church in America. Do I look forward to tough times? Of course not! But I do believe this is what is coming.

    We’ve been “playing church” in America for a very long time instead of preaching the Gospel. And I thing the Lord has said “Enough!”

  2. mat permalink
    October 15, 2008 10:00 pm

    The Lord will never be the popular way in America and especially not in the World! (There was agreat book by John MacArthur “Can God Bless America”) as the word says narrow is the way, that will never change. America will never have a real cristian leader. but we will rather have canidates that proclaim the Lord but deny His power as the word says. The Lord does not lie His word will and is being done. We should could care and focus on the word, and not who leads this temp country. Rather think of our eternal state, and our Love and obedience to Christ.

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