While playing a word association “game” on stage at the Truth Matters Conference this week, John MacArthur and a group of his contemporaries were presented with the prompt “Beth Moore” to respond to.
While the entire activity was incredibly short-sighted and immature to begin with, the true character of MacArthur and his fellow “men” was revealed in their disturbing response (watch cringe-worthy video below).
I have but one response to this deeply troubling exchange.
YOU GO HOME, JOHN MacARTHUR.
…and leave our sister, Beth Moore, alone so she can do Kingdom work and win souls in peace while you work on winning never-ending arguments instead…a goal that will continue to elude you.
While MacArthur and his fellow “men” argue before crowds offering blind amens about whether Beth Moore is allowed to preach or exposit the Bible, Moore is out there actually preaching to diverse crowds and speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15), encouraging unity in the body (Eph. 4:4-6, John 17), encouraging many (including myself — simply via Twitter — and female friends of mine who have been deeply impacted by her Bible study materials and teaching) and lifting up the church with her gift (Eph. 4:11-12) in a LOVING manner (see: entire Bible).
Think about that.
While they’re arguing about her qualification, she’s doing exactly what they’re arguing about whether she’s allowed to do. She’s preaching the Gospel and stirring up unity in the body. They’re wasting their time quarreling and ruining the hearers of their small-minded, vile words (2 Tim. 2:14) and stirring up controversy, which MacArthur has a misguided love for doing.
Reminds me of a certain group of people who argued about a certain carpenter’s qualification to heal on the Sabbath. These men are sexist (Gal. 3:28), self-righteous, ignorant, slandering lovers of religion (Prov. 10:18, Matt. 15:6).
John MacArthur has continuously been the center of controversy. I’ve only ever known him for what he stands AGAINST. He held a whole conference about people he disagrees with. You’ll be hard-pressed to hear from him what he actually stands FOR.
You probably won’t hear a peep out of Beth Moore about this whole thing, and if you do, I’d bet a lot of money on a loving, gracious response.
She won’t stoop to their level. She knows the grace of that carpenter too well for that.
Meanwhile, the Book MacArthur claims to know so well exposes his true character and misguided love of controversy.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” — John 7:15-20
The sour fruit of controversy in the body stirred up by MacArthur and his friends reveals a lot more about their hearts than it does about the theological hill they’re dying on.
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” — Luke 6:45
Go home, John MacArthur.
And leave my sister Beth Moore alone. She’s busy building the Kingdom.