The big Mac-attack was on last evening. John gave a brilliant interview with the king of softball interviews... Larry King. Sitting next to existential guru Deepak Chopra, John was in true form. He was thoroughly biblical, spot on target on the issue, knew the debate at hand, was gracious, and didn't play politics with the truth. He was acting like a well-informed, biblically equipped, uncompromising Christian leader; and I am grateful to the Lord for him.
In a time where most evangelical leaders love to hear themselves spout theological dribble, think they're a player in world politics, and offer gospel-lite just to sell a few more copies of their latest tome, John MacArthur stands head and shoulders above the fray. They all should take a lesson on John's unwavering dedication to the veracity of Scripture and yet his ability to process the issues of the day through the lens of God's Word. It's called having a "biblical world-view;" and John isn't apologetic for it. He doesn't flirt with Romanism; lobby his person to Congressional meetings; promote political remedies for moral maladies; or bow the knee at the pragmatic altar of postmodernism. John is not driven by purpose... but lives only to please the Master. This is why I have said for years that John is the finest Bible expositor in the world. And it is not because he is the most eloquent, winsome or relatable of preachers; but because he actually believes the Bible to be true in all its representations and never reduces the Lord and His gospel to an infomercial just to further his own name, career, radio show or writings. He exemplifies Paul's charge to young Timothy:
A few key quotes from last nights show that left them wondering between commercial breaks how to spell “erudite”:
"KING: How, John MacArthur, do you react to intelligent design as opposed to creationism, as Dr. Richards separates them?
MACARTHUR: Well, I think intelligent design is the only possible scientific position to hold, because we have intelligence in the universe. It has to come from intelligence, because we have complexity, it has to come from complexity.
The silver bullet, Larry, is DNA. Before our understanding of DNA, there was a lot of confusion and a lot of belief in evolution. It was like the emperor's new clothes. It was really naked but thought it was dressed up. DNA has, I think, spelled the end of traditional naturalistic evolution, which essentially says complexity comes out of simplicity. It can't happen. The silver bullet is not a single example of reproduction leading to an increased amount of genetic material necessary to produce a more complex organism has ever happened.
KING: As someone who learned (ph) in religion, though, you can't prove Adam and Eve, can you?
MACARTHUR: I don't think you can prove Adam and Eve, except that you know somebody was there to begin.
KING: So you believe it? You believe it?
MACARTHUR: Well, we're talking about two different things. Intelligent design is the only rational way to view the universe. Somebody intelligent made it. Religion answers who that intelligence is.
KING: Does it ponder you who made the intelligence, who created the creator?
MACARTHUR: I accept the Bible as the source, the authoritative source that tells me it was God, and something or someone has to be eternal, and the Bible says it is God who is the eternal one. "
KING: Yes. Just one second. John MacArthur, do you want Adam and Eve, taught in the public school?
MACARTHUR: I don't particularly care whether Adam and Eve is taught in a public school, because I'm not sure that the person teaching it or mandated to teach it would be able to teach it correctly or with conviction. And I don't believe that public education is to be a forum for teaching Biblical Christianity, but I do believe that individual teachers who teach in science or in any other discipline that integrates with science must admit the fact that evolution is a poor explanation for the scientific data. When it comes to origin, nobody was there. We can't reproduce it. It's not repeatable. So it's a faith base, even an evolutionist is putting faith in the eternality of matter or some natural element. It's all faith at that particular point. We choose to believe in the God who has revealed himself in scripture and his account of creation.
KING: Do you want to impose it in our schools, John?
MACARTHUR: No, I just want to say that the Bible defines and describes creation. God created the entire universe in six 24-hour days.
CHOPRA: In mythological terms.
MACARTHUR: It's not in mythological anything.
KING: What place does the Bible have in a public cool?
CHOPRA: As good as any mythology.
MACARTHUR: In a public school intended to teach education to young people, I don't expect the Bible to be taught there. This is the role of the church. This is the role of Christians to do this.
KING: Isn't that what the debate is about?
MACARTHUR: No, because if you look at science, you see intelligence. Why are the evolutionists so panicked over the fact that someone might teach that behind creation, is intelligence? Why is that so frightening to them?
This is so good, isn't it? We're having more fun than reformed believers should be allowed to!!! (You've got to read the entire transcript--it is very enlightening and entertaining.)
Thank you John for not selling out to the times and for being a lucid voice about the faith which so many evangelical leaders have abandoned to only fill the void with political, seeker-friendly, human potentiality, and positive-thinking speak. Well done… You may read the entire transcript here..