August 27, 2011

Dr Macarthur: Are the YRR's in danger of inadvertently reversing their Revival?

These are well worth your time to listen to if you can find a computer that has sound and can play this video. It is ABOUT TIME someone said these things.

John Macarthur calls out people with Reformed Soteriology who act like Arminians (or, in some cases even Pelagians in my opinion) and specifically names John Piper and Rick Warren. FINALLY!! One of the big names is SAYING what so many uof us are thinking! R C Sproul wouldn't even say anything about his friend Piper snuggling up to Warren, to his shame.

part 2 of John Macarthur calling out the Reformed 'revival' for their heteroprax compromising and his plan to counteract that:
(It's a well-meaning idea and I hope it succeeds.  But, considering he already has a seminary and the very popular graduate of that school, Francis Chan himself, hasn't been influenced to take a stand against this stuff by going through that program, I don't know that this will solve anything... but, again, I hope I am wrong).

Article where John Macarthur calls out the Young Restless and Reformed and tells them "keep reforming."
Grow Up. Settle Down. Keep Reforming.
Advice for the Young, Restless, Reformed

Related resources links from that page, which appear at the bottom, which includes his calling out these young preachers for their fascination with and open flaunting of their Christian liberty with alcohol and other things:

Wretched on the YRR (Blog - audio eventually will be added I think)

Now how long has Dr Macarthur been trying to get their attention?  Well here are some articles from 2009:

The Rape of Solomon's Song Part 1:

We're assured moreover that the shocking hidden meanings of these texts aren't merely descriptive; they are prescriptive. The secret gnosis of Solomon's Song portray obligatory acts wives must do if this is what satisfies their husbands, regardless of the wife's own desire or conscience. I was recently given a recording of one of these messages, where the speaker said, "Ladies, let me assure you of this: if you think you're being dirty, he's pretty happy."

Such pronouncements are usually made amid raucous laughter, but evidently we are expected to take them seriously. When the laughter died away, that speaker added, “Jesus Christ commands you to do this.”

That approach is not exegesis; it is exploitation. It is contrary to the literary style of the book itself. It is spiritually tantamount to an act of rape. It tears the beautiful poetic dress off Song of Solomon, strips that portion of Scripture of its dignity, and holds it up to be laughed at and leered at in a carnal way.
This lie has been so pervasive in evangelicalism over the last 20 years, I have to wonder how many couples are suffering in their marriage for having believed it.  It so quickly snowballs into forbidden territory.

The Rape of Solomon's Song Part 2:

The Rape of Solomon's Song Part 3:

The Rape of Solomon's Song Part 4:

In part 4 he expressly states that he has taken his concerns to these men who are attempting to 'disciple' Mark Driscoll and written them down and informed them that he was preparing for this series of articles. So he has tried to stop them and warn them.  Thank you Dr Macarthur!

Here he takes Mark Driscoll to task for his filthy language and vulgarity from the pulpit and also those who are partnering with him under the pretense of friendly or gentle correction. Granted these are 2 yr old articles, but not much has changed in that time. Driscoll, even if he *has* simmered down a bit in the language department (just a LITTLE), we see that he NOW tells us lately that he has visions of people being abused and raped, and that is how God tells him what is going on in their lives or what happened to them in the past.  But he just 'doesn't talk about it.'  Well yes he does!  He tells the people he has visions about that he has them.  That's bad enough, but now he's telling the whole world, while saying he doesn't talk about it.

Here again is video of Driscoll on his visions:

Sadly, as Dr Macarthur says in a more recent article entitled "Grunge Christianity", Mark is very Biblically solid on soteriology (at least from a Reformed Baptist perspective) and yet so shockingly vulgar sometimes and his extrabiblical revelation that is going on is so troubling that it undermines everything good.

"Grunge Christianity"
Mark Driscoll is one of the best-known representatives of that kind of thinking. He is a very effective communicator--a bright, witty, clever, funny, insightful, crude, profane, deliberately shocking, in-your-face kind of guy. His soteriology is exactly right, but that only makes his infatuation with the vulgar aspects of contemporary society more disturbing.
Many of the younger supposedly Biblically conservative generation think he's the best thing since sliced bread.

It just goes to show you that leaving the lukewarmness of one church doesn't mean you are out of danger. Error is flooding into every church in so many different forms it's hard to keep up with the latest trends.  Maranatha, come quickly Lord, lest we be consumed!