Review of John MacArthur's "Slave"


Title: Slave
Author: John MacArthur

In his book, “Slave”, John MacArthur explores the Greek word ‘doulos‘ (‘slave’ in English) as it occurs throughout Scripture and notes how its meaning has often been lost in modern translations of the Bible. MacArthur than masterfully presents the Gospel through the lens of this ‘slave’ metaphor as it is depicted in God’s Word. As such, the first forty or so pages of this book really blew me away and added a new layer of depth to my understanding to the Gospel.

MacArthur then takes the reader through a progression of what it means to be Christ’s slave, God’s adopted child, and a citizen of Heaven. Along the way, he presents the tenets of Calvinism wrapped in the context of a 1st Century slavery metaphor.

The book also includes a study guide for small group study and is extensively notated. I highly recommend it.

2 thoughts on “Review of John MacArthur's "Slave"

  1. Barbara March 5, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    Please research the endnotes in John MacArthur’s book, Slave. You will find that most of them reference the heretical works of Gnostic, modernist and postmodern scholars who deny the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Many of these scholars are rabidly anti-Christian and their works, which MacArthur recommends as authoritative, are filled with slander and blasphemy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    For example, John MacArthur favorably references Dale B. Martin’s book, Slavery as Salvation, on page 38 because it likens the Christian life to the abusive institution of slavery in the Roman Empire. Dale B. Martin is Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, an admitted homosexual and author of a blasphemous book titled Sex and the Single Savior which portrays Jesus as a homosexual. John MacArthur never discloses Prof. Martin’s true identity in Slave.

    Another scholar whose translation of Gnostic writings is recommended by MacArthur is Bart D. Ehrman, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof. Ehrman is a New Testament critic who claims that he was an evangelical Christian until he discovered “errors” in the Bible. Dr. Ehrman now writes books which debunk the New Testament and advocate for Gnostic forgeries such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot to replace the New Testament canon.

    Slave is a best-seller among young Christians who are led to believe that the sources referenced therein are Christian books, or at least neutral historical sources. Theological heretics Dale Martin and Bart Ehrman are only two of many academics of the “Jesus Seminar” variety whose scholarship is recommended without an honest identification or disclaimer to warn the reader. By concealing the identity and agenda of his sources, John MacArthur is deceptively promoting Gnostic books and the Gnostic heresy to many young Christians who are not yet established in the faith.

    For documentation and detailed information on the heretical sources in Slave, see the following review:


  2. CDGoble April 3, 2015 / 5:32 am


    Thanks for your comment. I believe John MacArthur has a clear track record through his extensive preaching and writing ministry of endorsing fundamental Christianity and the inerrancy of Scripture. You seem to be accusing him of some sort of “guilt by association” for referencing authors that are considered liberal (Ehrman, Martin, etc.). I think it would serve readers well not to confuse a reference with a tacit endorsement. Consider the liberal works of Brian McLaren. I am on record (through this blog) of tearing some of his work apart, however, should he say something worth referencing, quoting, or sharing I will not hesitate. Scripture itself instructs us to “examine everything and hold on to what it good” (1 Thess. 5:21). If a person can read John MacArthur and walk away with the impression that he is a pagan or that he endorses paganism, they have not read much of what he has actually written.


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