Baptist Press has an article about John MacArthur’s address at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
MacArthur also was adamant that the church should not be influenced by the world or take its cues from culture. Stating that the church should be a reflection of heaven, he said it is a travesty to make sinful people comfortable in a church.
“I’m not trying to make the church as much like the world as I can,” MacArthur said. “I’m trying to make the church as much like heaven as I can. People should walk into church, and it should be nothing like the world.”
I took some flack for earlier posting something by A.W. Tozer insisting that we should “plant ourselves on the hill of Zion and invite the world to come over to us, but never under any circumstances will we go over to them.” Lo and behold, here’s John MacArthur saying almost the same thing!
MacArthur also had this to say about “seeker-friendly” churches
Throughout his messages, MacArthur took a stance against the modern seeker-friendly movement, which he said is often guilty of exchanging biblical exposition for cleverly crafted yet shallow messages, omitting potentially offending truths and conforming itself to resemble a lost world.
MacArthur noted that this kind of failure to exposit the Word usurps the Lordship of Christ over His church and hinders the work of the Holy Spirit.
“At the beginning is the question of authority,” MacArthur said. “Who is sovereign? Who has the right to be heard? I have no authority in my church unless I say, ‘Thus says the Lord.’ I’m there to be the voice of God, nothing less.