Hypocrisy in Overdrive and the Enigmatic Mysteries in Calvinism
Enigmatic Mystery #1
John MacArthur and his Mark of the Beast Doctrine
Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace To You (Media)
One of the most enigmatic mysteries surrounding the Reformed position (Calvinism) is that most of its champions contradict one another in overdrive most of the time. In his rebuttal of the many Christians’ criticism of John MacArthur’s infamous public statement that it’s OK to take the mark of the beast because Jesus will pardon and save you, Phil Johnson wrote the following in defense of his guru, John MacArthur.
Revelation 19:20 indicates that multitudes will take the mark of the Beast because they are deceived. Scripture does not say that they are thereby automatically hardened forever against repentance. That is not the point of the strong warnings.
This whole issue suddenly became a matter of intense controversy when it was mentioned on a provocative radio program. It’s certainly not worth all the ink that has been wasted and all the bandwidth that has been consumed by angry people demanding explanations and retractions.
This much should certainly be clear from the biblical text (and I think would be affirmed by all sides): Taking the mark of the Beast is high treason against Christ and will be judged by God accordingly. Meanwhile, the Lord is “good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon [Him]” (Psalm 86:5). (Read here). (Emphasis added).
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How To Achieve a Good Moral Soil and Thence an Unshakeable Unity
We’re living in a day and age when everyone is striving for unity without counting the cost. Ravi Zacharias, speaking at a large congregation of Evangelicals and Mormons in the Mormon Tabernacle in Utah on 17 and 18 February 2014, boldly stated:
“And so, what brings us together? As has already been said, yes we have our theological differences,. but I think it’s commendable that we find a common cause in trying to create a good moral soil in this culture and in this time.”
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