Prayer, not Condemnation, for Spiritual Leaders

Tim recently forwarded me a video of John MacArthur answering questions on whether you can be saved after you have taken the mark of the beast. John’s reply to the question was “yes you can”. Let me say right here, any of the leaders I have mentioned in my blogs pointing out their deceptive teachings need our prayers. It is for prayer, not condemnation, I feel the need to expose these false beliefs and simply to the best of my own understanding expose the false doctrine for what it is. I do NOT believe these men are devils, but simply in error. We are all commanded to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5) because none of us is beyond misinterpretation of the scripture. I thank God for men like Tim and his brother Nathan as well as others who continually challenge me in my beliefs. I never want to know so much that I know nothing.  2 Peter 1:20 tells us that it was by the Spirit the Word was written and it is by the Spirit it must be understood. In I Corinthians 2:14 Paul backs this up. I do not understand how men who have spent their life studying the Word can get so off track in some of their doctrine.

John MacArthur, Jr. (born June 19, 1939) is an American Calvinist, Baptist pastor and authorJohn-MacArthur known for his internationally-syndicated radio program Grace to You. A popular author and conference speaker, he has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since February 9, 1969 and also currently serves as the president of The Master’s College in Newhall, California and The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California. He is also the mentor of Kirk Cameron.

The scripture is VERY clear in Revelation 13:16 that if you receive the mark of the beast as an act of worship and allegiance to him (beast, antichrist, sudo-christ) there is no salvation – only damnation and you will receive the full wrath of God. So just like the doctrine of the pre-trib rapture, there is a lot of assumptions as well as personnel interpretation by John MacArthur.  Others spiritual leaders such as Dr. Jimmy Deyoung from Prophecy Today also believes the same thing.

Brothers and sisters, all I am saying is that we are in the last minutes of man’s (and satan) self rule and we must be diligent in our quest and understanding of the truth to follow one man and one man only –  the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). We must stand on the whole counsel of God.  As one of my favorite scriptures states – grace and truth be multiplied to you all (John 16:13). IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

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