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I’ve always been hesitant about the way John MacArthur addresses themes related to social action and politics. An example regarding politics from John’s writing is found in the following quote:
“The ideal human government can ultimately do nothing to advance God’s kingdom, and the worst, most despotic worldly government in the end cannot halt the power of the Holy Spirit or the spread of God’s Word.” (Why Government Can’t Save You, 7).
Wayne Grudem took issue with this quote in his book, Politics – According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture.
Grudem wrote: “I think of the difference between North Korea and South Korea. Even if the dictatorial, oppressive government of North Korea has not completely halted the spread of God’s Word, its severe persecution has hindered it so much that millions of North Koreans are born, live, and die without ever hearing of Jesus Christ, and North Korea sends out zero missionaries. By contrast, the church in South Korea, where the government has allowed freedom, is growing, thriving, and sending missionaries around the world.” (p. 46)
McArthur’s tendency on these subjects has been to say both more and less than the Bible intends. Another clear example is found in this quote:
“God does not call the church to influence the culture by promoting legislation and court rulings that advance a scriptural point of view” (Why Government Can’t Save You, 130).
Although I could only briefly address this subject, I offer a blueprint for Christian participation in government.
See previous links:
- Dual Citizenship
- Christians and Government: 12 points for reflection
- Watching the tone of our debates
- The best hope for our nation