I read these notes from John MacArthur's opening address to this year's Shepherd's Conference and I simply don't understand how he can say the following:
Whether the gospel was preached to Jews or to Gentiles, the message did not change. And all those whom God had chosen, responded to that message in faith.
The apostles went out for absolute disdain for contextualization. The modern drive for cultural contextualization is a curse, because people are wasting their time trying to figure out clever ways to draw in the elect. Contextualization is “zip-code ministry.” The message of Jesus Christ, on the other hand, is transcendent. It goes beyond its immediate culture or sub-culture. It crosses the world, and ignores the nuances of culture. It never descends to clothing or musical style, as if that had anything to do with the message of the Gospel.
Does your message ignore the trends and superficial icons of culture, and bring heaven down in its transcendent reality? Can you take your sermons and preach them anywhere?
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Friday, March 07, 2008
I Don't Understand John MacArthur
MacArthur just plain misses it on this one.
Posted by Ron Ballew at 3/07/2008