From what I have observed over the years in the institutional church, it seems the most commonly used study bibles are those of John MacArthur and Thomas Nelson. Therefore, it only stands to reason that the comments and opinions of these men are among the most widely excepted versions of correct biblical interpretation. In other words, these are the comments and opinions we as christians are most likely to run into on any given day.
Here are some of the comments made by these men over the past half century. Please keep in mind this is a very brief lesson surrounding the errors of the so-called great theological minds of our time; and my advice is that you do your homework before you receive truth. That you make sure it’s God’s truth rather than man’s. Proverbs 14:12
Commentary Thomas Nelson – Hebrews 10:29:
And I quote: “A believer who commits these offenses will be judged with a punishment worse than death.” End Quote
Clearly the bible does not support the judgment or punishment of the believer; but rather states in Romans 8:1, ‘Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’
Commentary John MacArthur – I John 1:5-7:
And I quote: “In scripture, light and darkness are very familiar symbols. Intellectually, light refers to biblical truth while “darkness” refers to error or falsehood. Morally, light refers to holiness or purity while “darkness” refers to sin or wrongdoing. A genuine christian walks habitually in the light (truth and holiness) not in darkness (falsehood and sin). Their walk also results in cleansing from sin as the Lord continually forgives His own. Since those walking in the light share in the character of God, they will be habitually characterized by His holiness, indicating their true fellowship with Him.” End quote
The reference to darkness and light in the opening statements of I John are not in regards to sin or wrongdoing in the life of the believer; but rather depict the darkness of unbelief concerning the askewed view the gnostics had surrounding the testimony of Christ. A genuine christian is not someone who habitually walks in a shroud of holiness; for this would be impossible. To make this claim is actually to walk in falsehood and sin. Thus by his own admission, John MacArthur has placed himself in the realm of darkness by habitually teaching something that is not true.
We do not live by our ability to walk in habitual holiness; for to do so would be to remain under law! We live by and through what Christ has accomplished on our behalf. For despite the deeds of this carnal dead body, He has made us perfect, holy, and without accusation. Any other position is just not honest, and if it’s not honest, it’s a lie..period.
I know it’s a shocking thing for leadership to honestly and openly admit that all who are in Christ have the same ability to interpret scripture; however, that did not stop John from stating the following:
I John 2:20-21: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and no lie is of the truth.
I John 2:26-27: These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
P.S. Be careful little christian what you read. The world is ripe with theological thugs.
GEORGE L. MILLER