What makes John MacArthur credible

What makes John F. MacArthur Jr. a credible Bible teacher?

Dr. John Fullerton MacArthur Jr. is a prominent pastor, preacher, Bible teacher, author, and father of four. He is recognized for his succinct interpretation of scriptures and his unwavering stance on vital issues dividing the church today.

MacArthur stands at the helm of a new schism reshaping religious traditions and challenging established norms. He is also exposing the “woke gospel,” which has upstaged the true message of Christ.

Five reasons that make John Macarthur credible

  1. His rigorous study of scripture is met with support rather than opposition from the most influential preachers of his time.
  2. His decades of experience as a pastor demonstrated effective leadership and met the Biblical qualifications of an effective overseer.
  3. His message has always been consistent, rooted in the true Gospel of Christ, preserved, and untainted by moral and earthly religious philosophy.
  4. He has multiple degrees in divinity and has authored at least 150 books and commentaries that provide scholarly expertise, especially in interpreting difficult passages.
  5. Ultimately, John MacArhutr’s impact, unfeigned openness, and determination earned him one of the most credible Bible teachers in modern history.

Five most critical exegesis of John MacArthur

  • Sola Scriptura: The sole authority of the scripture. 1
  • Predestination: God’s sovereignty over our destiny. 2
  • Cessationism: Certain gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased. 3
  • Complementarianism: Women’s role in the church is limited. 4
  • Passive role: Political and social activism should prioritize the preaching of the Gospel because these can distract our spiritual mission.5


The most controversial quotes from John MacArthur

Women’s role in church

  • Women are to maintain submission to men in all churches at all times.
  • Empowering women makes weak men. Weak men make everybody vulnerable to danger.
  • No case can be made biblically for a woman preacher. Period. End of discussion.


Religious freedom

  • I don’t even support religious freedom.
  • Religious freedom is what sends people to Hell.
  • To say I support religious freedom is to say I support idolatry. It’s to say I support lies. I support Hell. I support the kingdom of darkness.


The Christian mission

  • We’re not spreading anything but the Gospel.
  • The true people of God have always had to battle the false prophets and the liars.
  • The whole purpose of the Christian message is to confront the sinner’s sin so you can call the sinner to repentance and forgiveness.


Government and nation

  • The notion of a secular state is a lie.
  • Nations are obligated to worship the true God.
  • God has NOT granted civic rulers authority over the doctrine, practice, or polity of the church.
  • God has established three institutions within human society: the family, the state, and the church. Each institution has a sphere of authority with jurisdictional limits that must be respected.
  • Christianity advances whether there is religious freedom or not.
  • When you see a nation deep in sexual sin, pervasively affirming homosexuality, and the insanity of a reprobate mind, where they make laws to criminalize righteousness and to legalize gross evil, you know that nation is under judgment.


Nuclear family

  • Children are under relentless assault by all the forces of evil, and they are defenseless.
  • God judges when one generation fails its responsibility to pass on righteousness to the next.


Social justice

  • I deplore racism and all the cruelty and strife it breeds.
  • The lies of systemic racism and the race hustlers dominate the ideologies of universities and even churches.
  • Truth, by its very nature, is divisive.
  • I am convinced the only long-term solution to every brand of ethnic animus is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


False religion

  • We want to lead Catholics to Christ. I believe it is a false religion.
  • I think that the Charismatic movement has significantly diminished worship. It has taken it out of the area of truth, out of the mind, and reduced it to the feelings of the flesh.
  • God’s true church has always been a place where people hunger for the truth from the Bible.
  • I offend people all the time because that’s necessary. If you try to develop a kind of Christianity that’s inoffensive, that’s not Christianity, it’s not the Gospel.


The church

  • Our calling as gospel ministers is to preach the truth, confront sin, and call all men to repentance and obedience to the Gospel.
  • Zoom church is not church. It’s not church. It’s watching TV.


Criticism of John MacArthur

  • His use of harsh rhetoric is often seen as a legalistic interpretation of scripture.
  • He is accused of misogyny for the way he criticized women pastors, such as female preacher Beth Moore.
  • His stand on LGBTQ was deemed a double standard when Alistair Begg was removed from a conference over his advice on attending a gay wedding.
  • His stand on COVID-19 restrictions led to a dispute between his church and local government.
  • MacArthur has repeatedly preached on repentance and holiness, perhaps more than grace. “He has been wrong about what would take thousands of words — perhaps an entire book. The gospel must be “good news… not damnation for long lists of sins monitored by a stiff-necked elder board,” said Mark Wingfield of Baptist News.
  • As a famed author with many publications and supporters, he has become a multi-millionaire. Thus, critics question his alleged affluent lifestyle, considering his teachings on simplicity and stewardship.
MacArthur and his critics.

The Legacy of John MacArthur

The John MacArthur Charitable Trust has maintained an unblemished reputation for nearly five decades. Through patron support, the Trust aids various ministry needs worldwide, including scholarships, facilities, programs, leadership, and translations.

Led by a committed leadership, they provide accountability along with patrons who provide financial and operational support to uphold Dr. MacArthur’s legacy.


  1. Sola Scriptura still matters today. ↩︎
  2. Election and predestination. ↩︎
  3. The case for cessationism. ↩︎
  4. Men and women’s role in the church. ↩︎
  5. This world is not our home. ↩︎
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