John F. MacArthur

John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. is an American Calvinist, Baptist pastor and author 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.
Theologically, MacArthur is considered a Calvinist, and a strong proponent of expository preaching. He has been acknowledged by Christianity Today as one of the most influential preachers of his time, and was a frequent guest on Larry King Live as a representative of an evangelical Christian perspective.
MacArthur has authored or edited more than 150 books, most notably the MacArthur Study Bible, which has sold more than 1 million copies and received a Gold Medallion Book Award. Other best-selling books include his MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series, Twelve Ordinary Men, and the children's book A Faith to Grow On, which garnered an ECPA Christian Book Award.
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The authors in this compilation address the issue of legalism from a variety of angles.

John MacArthur shows, first that obedience to God is not an issue of legalism, but an issue of love. In his second chapter, he deals with the inevitable response of people who are confronted with Biblical standards, "Judge not that ye be not judged." Here MacArthur shows what our Lord meant when He said that, and shows what biblical discernment really is, that there is a vast difference between judgmental and holding people accountable to God's standards.

Phil Johnson, in his first chapter, deals with Christian liberty. In his second chapter, he takes a critical look at two kinds of legalism, then explores the relationship of Christian love and Christian liberty.

Joel Beeke shows that enthusiasm for God's law is not necessarily legalism. One can be zealous without being legalistic. As David wrote: "Oh, how I love Thy Law!"

Bruce Bickel explains that legalism is due to a weak understanding of what Christ accomplished on the cross.

Jim Elliff makes clear that legalism is an attack on unity within the Body of Christ, particularly local congregations.

Ken Talbot helps us to see that legalism is inconsistent with and incompatible with the doctrine of justification by faith alone. He points out that the doctrine of "free will" leads to this dangerous position.

Rick Phillips explores the relationship to loving God and obeying His law. Some today believe that love is all that matters, and that the law as a guideline to love is extinct. Then this author shows that Biblical sanctification is the antidote to and the opposite of legalism.

Steven J. Lawson shows that legalism is the result of holding to man-made traditions over the truth of God's Word. Second, he points out how dangerous and deadly a thing legalism is and why.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: What Legalism Is, What Legalism Does - Don Kistler
2. Truth Vs. Tradition - Stephen J. Lawson
3. Love and God's Law - Richard D. Philips
4. The Cross Is Enough - Bruce Bickel
5. The Danger of Legalism - Steven J. Lawson
6. Obedience: Love or Legalism? - John MacArthur
7. Zealous But not Legalistic - Joel Beeke
8. The Plague of Free-Will Moralism - Kenneth Talbot
9. Judging Vs. Biblical Discernment - John MacArthur
10. Stand Fast in Liberty - Phil Johnson
11. Real Love and Real Liberty - Phil Johnson
12. What Freedom From the Law Accomplishes For the Local Church - Jim Elliff
13. Biblical Sanctification: The Antidote to Legalism - Richard D. Philips
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