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The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception [Hardcover]

By John MacArthur (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.23" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 3, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785262636  
EAN  9780785262633  
UPC  020049023747  

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Right now, Truth is under attack, and much is at stake. Christians are caught in the crossfire of alternative Christian histories, emerging faulty texts, and a cultural push to eliminate absolute Truth altogether. As a result, many churches and Christians have been deceived. Worse still, they propagate the deception that poses itself as Truth! In The Truth War John MacArthur reclaims the unwavering certainty of God's Truth and anchors Christians in the eternal, immovable promises that are found in His Word.

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The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception
By John MacArthur

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Right now, truth is under attack, and much is at stake. Perhaps no one in America is more passionate than John MacArthur about exposing those who are mounting this attack - especially those bringing the assault right into the church.


. The pitfalls of postmodern thinking
. Why the Emerging Church Movement is inherently flawed
. Past skirmishes in the Truth War and their effect on the Church
. The importance of the truth and certainty in a postmodern society
. How to identify and address the errors and false teachings smuggled into churches

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More About John MacArthur

John MacArthur John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and featured teacher with Grace to You, an international radio broadcast. His more than six dozen books have sold millions of copies worldwide and include more than two dozen volumes of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series.

The son of Jack MacArthur and fifth cousin of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur,[8] John MacArthur 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, in Burbank, California and, from 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 of Sun Valley, California.

His daily radio program, Grace to You, which is now broadcast throughout much of the world, began as an audio recording ministry to provide cassettes of his sermons to listeners. They were first broadcast in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1977.

In 1985, MacArthur became the president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college; and, in 1986, he founded The Master's Seminary. MacArthur also received an honorary doctorate from Talbot Theological Seminary[ and an honorary doctorate from Grace Graduate School.

Nearly 43 years after beginning in the pulpit of Grace Community, MacArthur completed one his own life goals of preaching through the entire New Testament on June 5, 2011, at the end of his projected target window, stated the previous January, to finish "some time in the summer."[1] During the same interview, MacArthur projected he would complete his commentary series within another five years, some 35 years after beginning.

MacArthur is married to Patricia and they have four children and fifteen grandchildren. Spanish Bio: John MacArthur, es el pastor-maestro de la Grace Community Church en Sun Valley, California. Ademas, es presidente de The Master's College and Seminary. Es un prolifico autor con muchos exitos de ventas. Su estilo popular de exposicion y ensenanza de la Biblia puede escucharse a diario en su programa radial de difusion internacional "Gracia a vosotros."

John MacArthur has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Comentario MacArthur del N.T.
  2. Comentario MacArthur del Nuevo Testamento
  3. Grace for Today
  4. MacArthur Bible Studies
  5. MacArthur Bible Study Guides
  6. MacArthur New Testament Commentary
  7. Preaching With...
  8. Proclaiming the Gospel

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Age of Deception?  Apr 11, 2007
Our author, John Macarthur is a man on a mission, one to preserve the truth of God's Word and its integrity. In this work he sounds the alarm that the time has come for true believers to stand up and declare that God and His Word alone are true.He shows past problems and how they have emerged in church life today and gives some serious warnings to the Body of Christ. He points out that our warfare is not with swords or modern weapons but is spiritual and must be fought spiritually. If indeed we are in the final days, it would do all Christians well to understand what truth is concerning the doctrine they are living.
Very well written, Biblically sound and will certainly step on a few toes; I am sure, but also will cause many believers to think and re-think what is being told them, and I hope will cause them to go to God's Word and let that final authority speak to their hearts.
Exposing the Likes of McLaren and Warren  Apr 11, 2007
Buy the truth and sell it not. This work is so important. I cannot see why those who call themselves Christians would be mad at this volume; it must be rubbing them the wrong way.

Jesus stood for his Father's truth that was being corrupted by the religious leaders of his day. Paul did the same. Church history is replete with the same. So why hate on MacArthur because he exposes false teachers.

Below are direct quotes from each chapter.

Chap 1:
"One of the most basic, universal, and undeniable axioms of all human thought is the absolute necessity of truth."

"After thousands of years, the very best of human philosophers have all utterly failed to account for truth and the origin of human knowledge apart from God."

"Postmodernism has resulted in a widespread rejection of truth and the enshrinement of skepticism."

"Emerging Christians are determined to adapt the Christian faith, the structure of the church, the language of faith, and even the gospel message itself to the ideas and rhetoric of postmodernism."

Chap 2
"When you reflect on how much of the Christian message is undermined by postmodernist notions about truth, it turns out the current controversies are infinitely more serious than McLaren wants to pretend."

"When false teaching goes unchallenged, it breeds more confusion and draws still more shallow and insincere people into the fold."

Chap 3
"Influential people who profess or pretend to believe the truth although they do not savingly believe it are probably the greatest internal danger the church faces."

"Some have even suggested that truth is broad enough to accommodate all well-intentioned ideas from non-Christian religions."

Chap 4
"They must be exposed for what they are, and their doctrines must be refuted witht the clear proclamation of truth from Scripture."

Chap 5
"They have in effect embraced the postmodern axiom that dialogue is morally superior to debate, a conversation is inherently more edifying than a controversy, and fellowship is always better than a fight."

Chap 6
"Try as they might, they cannot overthrow or even slightly derail the eternal purposes of God."

"When we attack the lies of an utter apostate with the truth, we are doing the work of God. There is no need to pull punches."

Chap 7
"Contemporary evangelicalism seems bent on shaping itself into the most stylish, trendy movement in the history of the church."

"Apparently, some evangelicals are prepared to let the dogmas of political correctness trump any article of faith."

Chap 8
"Biblical ignorance within the church may well be deeper and more widespread than at any other time since the Protestant Reformation."

"Today's church-growth experts seem to have no confidence in Scripture's power."

"Megachurches have been built by men with strong entrepreneurial skills and weak exegetical skills."

This latest book by John MacArthur speaks to the dangers of postmodernity's encroachment on the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. [...]
A Very Important Book for Today's Evangelicals   Apr 5, 2007
This very important book for today's evangelicals, is an outstanding blend of exposition, church history, theology, and engagement with trends in the contemporary evangelical church. MacArthur expounds the exhortation of Jude to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints with both clarity and conviction. He begins by asserting the reality of objective truth and cataloguing some of the attacks on truth from within the ranks of the church. MacArthur very clearly distances the Christian's "truth war" from the violent jihad of Islamic fundamentalism, and reminds us that our warfare is not against flesh and blood and is not fought with earthly weapons. But at the same time, he reminds us that we are both ambassadors of the Lord and soldiers in spiritual battle, and that we do not serve the truth well by building alliances with false teachers. Along the way, he develops the original context of Jude's letter and discusses some of the most important battles against false teaching in the history of the church (for example, the battles against Judaizers, Gnosticism, Sabellianism, and Arianism). He shows how to spot false teachers by pointing out the sin-producing effects of their teaching. As with many of MacArthur's books, this is a polemic targeted at specific strands of teaching in today's evangelical church, specifically the Emerging church and one of its primary spokesmen, Brian McLaren.

I disagree with the opinion of another reviewer who criticizes MacArthur's appeal to church history with the claim that "MacArthur has never show[n] a tendency to care about what the `Church' has to say about anything." This reviewer has not read enough of MacArthur's other writings, which often conclude with appendices full of quotations from some of the stalwarts of church history (check, for example, The Gospel According to the Apostles, Ashamed of the Gospel, Reckless Faith, The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness). The same reviewer comments that "this [writing polemical books] is all he [MacArthur] seems to do." Again, not true. Most of MacArthur's books, in fact, are commentaries and Bible study guides. There are many, many others that are simple and non-polemical books on various aspects of Christian living. But MacArthur does carry a unique burden for truth and often jumps in where others fear to tread. This is a great gift to the church and I'm grateful for MacArthur's legacy of biblical faithfulness - even though I would disagree with him on a few issues.

My one critique of the book is his (possibly inadvertent?) lumping of Mark Driscoll into the same crowd as other Emerging church leaders. MacArthur cites a quote from Don Miller's Blue Like Jazz about "Mark the Cussing Pastor" in a critical context. Everyone who knows anything about the Emerging church knows that this is Mark Driscoll, who unfortunately, has lacked some discretion in his use of language at times. However, he has, on the whole, proven himself a man of both biblical faithfulness and personal integrity. His theology would be quite similar to Dr. MacArthur's in most respects, even if his methodology is different. Driscoll shouldn't be considered a false teacher (if that was the implication MacArthur was intending to make) just because of his language, any more than Luther should be considered a false teacher because of his frequent use of invective in denouncing Roman Catholicism during the Reformation. That critique aside, I think this is an excellent book and deserves a very wide readership.
An Awesome Book That stands up for God's Truth  Apr 5, 2007
It is so great to see an author stand up for the Truth.This author stands up for the Truth of GOD against all the decieving going on in North America Churches Today.There are so many leaders today that are translating God's word to justify there own desires and usurping God in the process.Buy this book and pass it on.Stand up for the Truth God's Word,that is loving God with all your heart and all your mind.
Another angry response made by simply condemning others as wrong  Mar 30, 2007
This book makes a simple point and then calls out those who MacArthur thinks teaches contrary to that point. The simple point is that it is absurd to accept the postmodern thought that what we accept as truth could be changing or - even worse - that it may not be possible to completely define truth - may not be possible to completely put God in a human box. He focuses most of his energy on McLaren and how he feels that it is the end of the world to believe that there could ever be danger in a quest to be right.

It saddens me to see MacArthur tring to drive home his simple thesis by simply making examples of people who he thinks run counter to this thesis. I would have much more respected a Biblical call to absolute truth than a slamming those who don't fit his mold. The more I read in the book the more I upset I became - very much the same building emotion I experienced while watching "Jesus Camp". MacArthur generalizes and absolutizes (is that a word) to an extreme in order to villain those he disagrees with (such as McLaren) - just like Jesus Camp took extreme Pentecostalism and generalized it as being true for all Evangelicals. Maybe they think it is. Maybe MacArthur thinks so too, but I would not have expected that as I held him in a higher intellect regard than to do that.

I also do not appreciate that MacArthur associates some very strong quotes to men and does not reference where those quotes come from. They seem to me to be taken out of context - but rather than assume that I would go to the source if MacArthur would give it. The lack of sources makes me skeptical...

At one point, MacArthur states, " the Emerging postmodernists have blurred the line between certainty and omniscience. They seem to presume that if we cannot know everything perfectly, we really cannot know anything with a degree of certainty." Reality is that is not at all true. That would be like saying MacArthur believes that we can know everything there is to know about God, that we can put it in human terminology and that we can know it perfectly. While I am tempted to say that in response, it would probably not be fair as I'm sure MacArthur must accept mystery and unknown - he does at least give it lip service when he acknowledges Romans 8:24-25 in chapter 1.

Really, I think this book is probably a resopnse out of MacArthur's own anger of being called out (maybe not in name, but in an approach and practice that many would associate with him) by McLaren and Grenz/Franke. In light of that, this book probably shouldn't be a surprise - nor his attack on those who associate with these men.

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