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Pulling John MacArthur from Our Shelves

Everyone of us in our stores has the right to decide which pastors, teachers, and authors we are supporting by purchasing their product at the wholesale level.

This weekend things on Twitter really blew up with the misogyny of John MacArthur becoming much more apparent, not that he said anything really new. I’m not by any means a Beth Moore fan, but his “Go Home” comment to her has gone viral and not in a good way. My feeling is it’s MacArthur who should go.

I know some of you who are store owners are Reformed in your doctrine, and in some sectors of neo-Calvinism, MacArthur is worshiped as a god, and his study Bible is consider one of the best.

That’s unfortunate, not because you’re Reformed, but because you aren’t hearing what he is saying the way other ears hear it: He is promoting a gospel of hate.

The point is, it’s my store, I’m spending my money to people who I don’t feel represent my Christ.

Furthermore, I deeply regret the money I spent over the years stocking authors who I was made to believe were the vital voices in contemporary Christianity: Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, R. C. Sproul, John Piper, Paul David Tripp, Albert Mohler, Voddie Baucham, Ligon Duncan, etc.

I’ll allow a few exceptions: Randy Alcorn, Francis Chan, Timothy Keller…

…A few years back, I was given a review copy of The Parables by MacArthur. I kept it because I thought it would be good for reference if I ever found myself doing a study on a particular parable. But it sits unread. Why? Because John MacArthur has nothing to say to me about the parables of Jesus. His is not a voice I want speaking in my ear.

And I feel the same about a whole lot of others from that same camp.

Furthermore, let me be honest: My commitment to the ESV is somewhat hanging by a thread. It can be a very problematic translation and it’s got a whole lot of guilty-by-association going in with its affinity with neo-Calvinists…

…Some of you are going to say I’m shooting myself in the foot. Wrong. I’ve got no demand here for those authors with the exception of a local youth pastor who keeps insisting I carry them, but has no personal attention of buying them because (a) either he already owns them, or (b) doesn’t want to support my store.

If the author is featured at The Gospel Coalition, or appears regularly at the Together for the Gospel conferences, it’s probably not something we want to promote. If they’re published with Crossway Publishers, to me it’s tainted by an editorial review process I simply don’t endorse. 

…One woman posted on the weekend that MacArthur’s response to another Evangelical was the last straw for her husband. He’s leaving the church altogether.

If that’s what the fruit of his ministry looks like, I want out.





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  1. Jaret Voce
    October 21, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Paul,

    It’s interesting when we look at the diversity that exists within independent Christian stores. Although we try and cater to a diverse group our personal preferences can come out in our stocking decisions. I’m certainly a strong believer that we should only stock those items which our concise will allow. As Martin Luther said at the Diet of Worms: “to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.”

    As an aside, I enjoy many Crossway books and most of the authors you listed above.


  2. Chris Everitt
    October 24, 2019 at 9:03 am

    “He is promoting a gospel of hate.” One of the most ridiculous comments I’ve ever heard.

    • October 24, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Probably the last sentence in the article I expected push-back on. Sorry you can’t see how he comes across.

  3. November 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Thank you for being so honest. Your heart is obviously in the right place. Keep the flame burning bright!!

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