I first want to thank Book Sneeze for giving me this book. It is my first book by John McArthur, that I have read. I felt it was one that I needed to have my dictionary close by.

I totally agree with McArthur in his introduction that “What you think of God will automatically color how we think about everything else-especially how you prioritize values; how you  determine right and wrong; and what you think of your own place in the universe. That in turn will surely determine how you act.” 

We need to know the real Jesus, the Son of God, and how He taught while He was here on earth. So many just see Him as one who had compassion on the people and healed their diseases.  But many want to ignore His hatred of false teachings and the way He confronted those false teachers, even though they were the religious leaders of that day.  I quote from pg 162, “No preacher has ever been more bold, prophetic, or provocative. No style of public ministry could possibly be more irksome to those who prefer a comfortable religion..Some left angry: some were deeply troubled by what He had to say; many had their eyes opened; and may more hardened their heart against His message. Some became His disciples, and others became His adversaries.”

But today we feel we must water the message down to please the people.  We don’t want to offend with the TRUTH.  We have been wrongly taught that conflict is always wrong. But we must stand for the truth even if it makes us unpopular or even hated.  We can read in Revelation what happens to churches that start to compromise the truth. McArthur gave lots of examples of the way Jesus confronted the false teachers of His day. McArthur says on pg. 208, “His style of ministry ought to be the model for ours, and His zeal against false religion ought to fill our hearts and minds as well.”

This book was filled with facts that we do need to know but was presented as rather, “dry reading”.


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