John MacArthur

John F. MacArthur, Jr. (June 14 1939 - ) is a fifth-generation preacher who serves as a pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. He is also a prolific author, conference speaker, and is president of The Master's College and Seminary. MacArthur received a B.A. from Los Angeles Pacific College, his M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary, Litt.D. at Grace Graduate School, and D.D. from Talbot Theological Seminary. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he regularly teaches Expository Preaching at the seminary and frequently speaks in chapel.

MacArthur's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur. In thirty-six years of ministry, Grace to You has distributed more than thirteen million CDs and audiotapes.

MacArthur's theology is best described as evangelical, Calvinistic, and moderately dispensational. He is a strong proponent of expository preaching which he advocates in his Rediscovering Expository Preaching (1992). His book The Gospel According to Jesus (1988) caused controversy in the evangelical church by arguing for Lordship salvation, which maintains that good works are a necessary result and evidence of being justified before God -- in opposition to the "easy-believism" he saw becoming rampant in the church. His book Charismatic Chaos (1992) argued that the theology and practice of Charismatics and Pentecostals regarding the "gifts of the Spirit" (healing, miracles, speaking in tongues, etc.) are incorrect at best and blasphemous at worst.

MacArthur's writings are similarly critical of other modern Christian movements such as those who teach the controversial "prosperity gospel" and "seeker-friendly" leaders such as Robert Schuller, Bill Hybels, and Rick Warren. He is also a strong advocate of the Biblical Counseling movement which stresses the Bible as a tool for counseling, rejecting the theories and techniques of modern psychologists in dealing with spiritual issues.

Though occasionally viewed by some groups as a controversial figure for strong critiques of Freudian psychology and trends in the modern charismatic movement as well as the self-esteem movement, MacArthur is seen by many as a champion of correcting many of the ills of evangelical Christianity. He is also a champion of helping believers grow stronger in their relationship with God through the committed study of the Word and personal commitment to the local church.

Selected publications

  • Hebrews (Commentary) (Commentary). Moody Press, 1983
  • 1 Corinthians (Commentary). Moody Press, 1984
  • Matthew 1-7 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1985
  • Ephesians (Commentary). Moody Press, 1986
  • Matthew 8-15 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1987
  • Galatians (Commentary). Moody Press, 1987
  • Matthew 16-23 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1988
  • The Gospel According to Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1988
  • You Can Trust the Bible. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1988
  • When the Healing Doesn't Come. Valencia, CA: Word of Grace Communications, 1988
  • Matthew 24-28 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1989
  • Romans 1-8 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1991
  • Our Sufficiency in Christ. Waco, TX: Word, 1991
  • Charismatic Chaos. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992
  • Rediscovering Expository Preaching. Dallas, TX: Word, 1992
  • How to Meet the Enemy. Wheaton, IL: ChariotVictor Publishing, 1992
  • Saved Without a Doubt. Wheaton, IL: ChariotVictor Publishing, 1992
  • Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles. Dallas, TX: Word, 1993
  • Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1993
  • The Gospel According to Jesus (revised and expanded). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994
  • The Vanishing Conscience. Dallas, TX: Word, 1994
  • Introduction to Biblical Counseling. Dallas, TX: Word, 1994 (co-authored with Dr. Wayne Mack)
  • Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses its Will to Discern. Dallas, TX: Word, 1994
  • Romans 9-16 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1994
  • Actis 1-12 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1994
  • 1 Timothy (Commentary). Moody Press, 1995
  • 2 Timothy (Commentary). Moody Press, 1995
  • First Love: The Joy and Simplicity of Life in Christ. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1995
  • The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1995
  • Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry. Dallas, TX: Word, 1995
  • Titus (Commentary). Moody Press, 1996
  • Acts 13-28 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1996
  • James (Commentary). Moody Press, 1998
  • Revelation 1-11 (Commentary). Moody Press, 1999
  • Revelation 12-22 (Commentary). Moody Press, 2000
  • Philippians (Commentary). Moody Press, 2001
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians (Commentary). Moody Press, 2002
  • 2 Corinthians (Commentary). Moody Press, 2003
  • Hard to Believe. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003
  • 1 Peter (Commentary). Moody Press, 2005
  • 2 Peter and Jude (Commentary). Moody, 2005
  • John 1-11 (Commentary). Moody Press, 2006
  • 1, 2, 3 John (Commentary). Moody Press, 2007
  • The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception. Thomas Nelson, 2007
  • John 12-21 (Commentary). Moody Press, 2008
  • A Tale of Two Sons. Thomas Nelson, 2008

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