About John F. MacArthur

 

John F. MacArthur, Jr. (born June 19, 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a United States Reformed evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker, and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and as President of The Master's College (and the related Master's Seminary) in Santa Clarita, California.

 

Biography

 

The son of Jack MacArthur (an accomplished preacher in his own right), John MacArthur was an athlete and attended Bob Jones University before transferring to Los Angeles Pacific College (now Azusa Pacific University). He later obtained his Masters of Divinity from Biola University's Talbot Theological Seminary, in La Mirada, California. He graduated with honors. From 1964 to 1966 he served as an associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church, Burbank, California, and 1966 to 1969 as a faculty representative for Talbot Theological Seminary. Then in 1969, he became the third pastor in the then-short history of the nondenominational Grace Community Church.

 

In 1985, MacArthur became president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college, and in 1986, founded The Master's Seminary. His daily radio program, Grace to You is broadcast throughout much of the world. He is the author of over 75 books, notably his MacArthur Commentary Series and the MacArthur Study Bible (ISBN 0-8499-1222-9). He works alongside Phil Johnson who edits his preaching messages into book form.

 

Theological Views

 

MacArthur is a proponent of expository preaching, and his theology is best described as evangelical, Calvinistic, and dispensational, although he rejects some of the classic dispensational ideas – hence his self-description as a "leaky dispensationalist." His book, The Gospel According to Jesus (ISBN 0-310-39491-0), caused controversy in the evangelical church by arguing for "Lordship salvation," which teaches that "you must receive Jesus Christ for who He is: both Lord and Savior to be truly saved (II Peter 2:20)." This is evidenced on page 150 in his book, Kingdom Living Here and Now (0-802-44564-0), in which MacArthur states: “Eternal security is a great spiritual truth, but it should never be presented merely as a matter of being once saved, always saved--with no regard for what you believe or do. The writer of Hebrews 12:14 states frankly that only those who continue living holy lives will enter the Lord's presence."

 

In MacArthur's book, Charismatic Chaos, he argued that Charismatic and Pentecostal theology and practice regarding the "gifts of the Spirit" (healing, miracles, glossolalia, etc.) are incorrect at best and blasphemous at worst.

 

MacArthur's writings similarly are critical of other modern Christian movements such as those who run "seeker-friendly" church services such as Robert Schuller, Bill Hybels, and Rick Warren. He is also an advocate of Biblical Counseling (also known as Nouthetic Counseling) which stresses the Bible as a tool for counseling and rejects psychological theories and techniques that are contrary to the Bible in spiritual issues.

 

MacArthur has also been a proponent of Christians abstaining from alcohol, though he does not think it is necessarily sinful.

 

MacArthur has stated that the "theology of Islam is false" and Allah is the "wrong god."

 

Controversy

 

The "Lordship salvation" controversy concerns MacArthur's view that submitting to the lordship of Jesus is a necessary part of receiving him as savior. MacArthur's views raised controversy within American Evangelicalism and were challenged in print by Charles Ryrie and Zane C. Hodges, who argued that MacArthur was teaching a form of works-based salvation.

 

The controversy concerning the efficacy of the blood stems from MacArthur's statement that it is not the literal liquid blood of Christ that saves, but his sacrificial death on the cross, a view which he espoused in an article titled, "Not His Bleeding, but His Dying," published in the May 1976 issue of the Grace to You family paper that is distributed to his church.
 

Publications

 

Year

Title

Notes

Publisher

1973

The Church: The Body of Christ

 

Zondervan

1973

Found: God's Will

 

Victor Books

1975

Liberated for Life (Galatians)

 

Regal Books

1975

Can a Man Live Again?

 

 

1976

Keys to Spiritual Growth

 

Revell

1977

Focus on Fact: Why You Can Trust the Bible

 

Revell

1977

God's Plan for Giving

 

Western Baptist Press

1977

Found: God's Will

 

Victor

1978

The Charismatics: A Doctrinal Perspective

 

Zondervan

1978

Giving: God's Way

 

Tyndale Publishers

1980

Beware the Pretenders (Jude)

 

Victor Books

1980

Kingdom Living: Here and Now

 

Moody Press

1980

Why Believe the Bible

 

Regal

1980

Take God's Word For It

 

Regal

1981

Jesus' Pattern of Prayer

 

Moody Press

1982

Body Dynamics

 

Victor Books

1982

The Family

 

Moody Press

1982

Your Family

 

Moody Press

1983

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Hebrews

 

Moody Press

1983

The Ultimate Priority

 

Moody Press

1983

Why I Trust the Bible

 

Victor Books

1984

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: 1 Corinthians

 

Moody Press

1985

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 1-7

 

Moody Press

1986

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Ephesians

 

Moody Press

1986

The Legacy of Jesus

 

Moody Press

1987

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Galatians

 

Moody Press

1987

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 8-15

 

Moody Press

1988

The Gospel According to Jesus

 

Zondervan

1988

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 16-23

 

Moody Press

1988

The Lordship Controversy

 

Word of Grace Communications

1988

You Can Trust the Bible

 

Moody Press

1988

When the Healing Doesn't Come

 

Word of Grace Communications

1989

God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas

 

Zondervan

1989

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Matthew 24-28

 

Moody Press

1989

Shepherdology

 

The Master's Fellowship

1991

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Romans 1-8

 

Moody Press

1991

Keys to Spiritual Growth

(revision of 1976 edition)

Revell

1991

The Master's Plan for the Church

 

Moody Press

1991

Our Sufficiency in Christ

 

Word

1992

Charismatic Chaos

 

Zondervan

1992

Rediscovering Expository Preaching

(co-authored with The Master's Seminary faculty)

Word

1992

How to Meet the Enemy

 

ChariotVictor Publishing

1992

Saved Without a Doubt

 

ChariotVictor Publishing

1992

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Colossians/Philemon

 

Moody Press

1993

Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles

 

Word

1993

God: Coming Face to Face with His Majesty

 

Victor Books

1993

Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World

 

Crossway Books

1993

Anxiety Attacked: Apply Scripture to the Cares of the Soul

 

ChariotVictor Publishing

1993

Drawing Near

 

Crossway Books

1993

The Miracle of Christmas

 

Zondervan

1994

The Gospel According to Jesus

(revised and expanded)

Zondervan

1994

The Vanishing Conscience

 

Word

1994

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Romans 9-16

 

Moody Press

1994

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

(co-authored with Wayne Mack and selected faculty of The Master's College)

Word

1994

Different By Design

 

ChariotVictor Publishing

1994

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Acts 1-12

 

Moody Press

1994

Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses its Will to Discern

 

Word

1995

First Love: The Joy and Simplicity of Life in Christ

 

Victor Books

1995

The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire

 

Victor Books

1995

Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry

(co-authored with The Master's Seminary faculty)

Word

1995

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: 1 Timothy

 

Moody Press

1995

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: 2 Timothy

 

Moody Press

1995

Alone With God: The Power and Passion of Prayer

(revision of Jesus' Pattern of Prayer, Moody, 1981)

Victor Books

1996

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Titus

 

Moody Press

1996

The Love of God: He Will Do Whatever it Takes to Make Us Holy

 

Word

1996

The Silent Shepherd: The Care, the Comfort and the Correction of the Holy Spirit

 

ChariotVictor Publishing

1996

The Glory of Heaven: The Truth About Heaven, Angels and Eternal Life

 

Crossway Books

1996

The Body Dynamic: Finding Where You Fit in Today's Church

(revision of Body Dynamics, 1982)

ChariotVictor Publishing

1996

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Acts 13-28

 

Moody Press

1997

The Power of Integrity: Building a Life Without Compromise

 

Crossway Books

1997

How to Get the Most from God's Word: An Everyday Guide to Enrich Your Study of the Bible

 

Word

1997

The MacArthur Study Bible

 

Word

1997

Strength for Today

 

Crossway Books

1998

The Only Way to Happiness

(reprint of Kingdom Living, 1980)

Moody Press

1998

The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness

 

Crossway Books

1998

The Pillars of Christian Character: The Essential Attitudes of a Living Faith

 

Crossway Books

 

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: James

 

 

1998

Our Sufficiency in Christ

(reprint from Word, 1991)

Crossway Books

1998

In the Footsteps of Faith: Lessons to Learn From Great Men and Women of the Bible

 

Crossway Books

1998

Successful Christian Parenting

 

Word

1999

The MacArthur New Testament Commentaries: Revelation 1-11

 

Moody Press

1999

The Second Coming

 

Crossway Book

1999

I Believe in Jesus: Leading Your Child to Christ

 

Nelson

1999

Nothing but the Truth

 

Crossway Books

1999

The MacArthur Topical Bible

 

Word

2000

The Murder of Jesus

 

Word

2000

The Gospel According to the Apostles

(re-title of Faith Works, 1992)

Word

2000

Whose Money Is It, Anyway?

(out of print)

Word

2000

Why Government Can't Save You

 

Word

2000

O Worship the King

(book & CD)

Crossway

2000

Biblical Parenting for Life (Student's & Teacher's Manuals)

(out of print)

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - 1 Samuel

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - Mark

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - Romans

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - Ephesians

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - John

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - Acts

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - Ruth & Esther

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - 1 & 2 Peter

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - Daniel

 

Word

2000

MacArthur Bible Studies - Galatians

 

Word

2000

The Murder of Jesus

(Participant's Guide)

Nelson Word

2000

Revelation 12-22

(Commentary)

Moody

2000

A Faith to Grow On

 

Tommy Nelson

2001

A Bright Tomorrow

 

Crossway

2001

How to Survive in a World of Unbelievers

(out of print)

Word

2001

The MacArthur Student Bible

(out of print)

Word

2001

The God Who Loves

(Reprint of The Love of God)

Word Publishing

2001

The Keys to Spiritual Growth

(1991 Revell edition revised & expanded)

Crossway

2001

MacArthur Bible Studies - Nehemiah

 

Word

2001

MacArthur Bible Studies - 1 Corinthians

 

Word

2001

MacArthur Bible Studies - 1 & 2 Timothy

 

Word

2001

MacArthur Bible Studies - Hebrews

 

Word

2001

MacArthur Bible Studies - James

 

Word

2001

MacArthur Bible Studies - Revelation

 

Word

2001

Philippians

(Commentary)

Moody

2001

God in the Manger

 

W Publishing Group

2001

The Battle for the Beginning

 

W Publishing Group

2001

Our Awesome God

(re-title of God: Coming Face to Face..., Chariot/Victor, 1993)

Crossway

2001

O Come All Ye Faithful

(book & CD)

Crossway

 

Truth for Today

 

J. Countryman (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2001

Terrorism, Jihad, and the Bible

 

W Publishing Group

2002

MacArthur's Quick Reference Guide to the Bible

(out of print)

W Publishing Group

2002

Why One Way

 

W Publishing Group

2002

What Wondrous Love Is This

(book & CD)

Crossway

2002

Can God Bless America?

 

W Publishing Group

2002

When Morning Guilds the Skies

(book & CD)

Crossway

2002

1 & 2 Thessalonians

(Commentary)

Moody Press

2002

Twelve Ordinary Men

 

W Publishing Group

2003

Think Biblically!

 

Crossway Books

 

Lord, Teach Me to Pray

 

J. Countryman (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2003

Safe in the Arms of God

 

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2003

Unleashing God's Word in Your Life

(re-print of How to Get the Most From God's Word, Word Publishers, 1997)

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2003

MacArthur Bible Handbook

 

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2003

Hard to Believe

 

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2003

MacArthur Daily Bible

 

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2003

2 Corinthians

(Commentary)

Moody Press

2003

MacArthur Scripture Memory System

 

Nelson Reference & Electonric Publishing

2004

Truth Matters

 

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2004

The Murder of Jesus

(revised edition)

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2004

Welcome to the Family

 

Nelson Books (a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers)

 

Follow Me

 

J. Countryman (division of Thomas Nelson Publishers)

2004

The Book on Leadership

 

Nelson Books (a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers)

2004

A Faith to Grow On

(reprint)

Tommy Nelson

2004

A Faith to Grow on Journal

 

Tommy Nelson

2005

Battle for the Beginning

(reprint)

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2005

The Gospel According to the Apostles

(reprint)

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2005

The Vanishing Conscience

(reprint)

Thomas Nelson Publishers

2005

The Heart of the Bible

 

Nelson Reference and Electronic

2005

The Fulfilled Family

 

Nelson Books (a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers)

2005

1 Peter

(Commentary)

Moody Press

2005

A Faith to Grow On Bible

 

Tommy Nelson

2005

The John MacArthur Pastor's Library: Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically

 

Nelson Reference and Electronic (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2005

The John MacArthur Pastor's Library: Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically

 

Nelson Reference and Electronic (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2005

The John MacArthur Pastor's Library: Preaching: How to Preach Biblically

 

Nelson Reference and Electronic (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2005

Fool's Gold? Discerning Truth in an Age of Error

General Editor

Crossway

2005

2 Peter and Jude

(Commentary)

Moody

2005

Twelve Extraordinary Women

 

Moody

2005

The Second Coming

(reprinted by Crossway)

Crossway

2006

John 1-11

(Commentary)

Moody

2006

The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Version

 

Thomas Nelson

2006

The Quest for Character

 

Thomas Nelson

2006

Experiencing the Passion of Christ, Student Edition

 

Nelson Impact (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2006

Anxious for Nothing

 

Cook Communications Ministries

2006

Saved without a Doubt

 

Cook Communications Ministries

2006

Mark

(Bible Study)

Nelson Impact (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2006

John

(Bible Study)

Nelson Impact (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2006

Acts

(Bible Study)

Nelson Impact (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2006

Romans

(Bible Study)

Nelson Impact (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2006

1 Corinthians

(Bible Study)

Nelson Impact (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2006

Galatians

(Bible Study)

Nelson Impact (a division of Thomas Nelson)

2007

1-3 John

(Commentary)

Moody

2007

The Truth War

 

Thomas Nelson

2007

Because the Time is Near: John MacArthur Explains the Book of Revelation

(Condensed version of Revelation commentary)

Moody Publishers

2008

A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder

(A study of the parable of the Prodigal Son)

Thomas Nelson