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John F. MacArthur Biography, Career, Age, Family, Wife, and Net Worth.
Who Is John F. MacArthur?
John F. MacArthur ( John Fullerton MacArthur Jr) is an American author and pastor. In addition, he is well recognized for his internationally syndicated Christian teaching radio and television program Grace to You.
Moreover, he has been the pastor and teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley since 9th, February 1969. Currently, he’s now the emeritus chancellor of The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, and The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles. MacArthur is a Reformed Presbyterian who believes in expository preaching.
Furthermore, he is also a Reformed Protestant and a strong proponent of expository preaching. John has also been acknowledged by Christianity Today, where he was acknowledged as one of the most influential preachers of his time. Furthermore, he was a regular guest on Larry King Live as a representative of an evangelical Christian perspective. MacArthur has also published or revised over 150 books, the most well-known of which is the MacArthur Study Bible, which has sold over 1 million copies and won a Gold Medallion Book Award.
In 1964, he started serving as an associate pastor at the Harry MacArthur Memorial Bible Church in Burbank, currently, it’s called Calvary Bible Church. The church was founded by his father and it was named after his father, he served until 1969. After that, he served as a faculty representative for Talbot Theological Seminary. Moreover, he was ordained as the third pastor of the nondenominational Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California, on February 9, 1969.
MacArthur’s daily radio and television program, Grace to You, currently, airing throughout much of the world began as a ministry to provide audio cassettes of his sermons to listeners. In 1977, it started airing in Baltimore, Maryland. Furthermore, in 1985 he became the president of The Master’s University, a four-year liberal-arts Christian college. Moreover, in 1986, he founded The Master’s Seminary.
On June 5, 2011, almost 43 years after first preaching in the Grace Community pulpit. MacArthur fulfilled one of his own life goals: preaching through the entire New Testament, at the close of his planned aim timeframe, which he announced in January, to finish “sometime in the summer.” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary sequence was finished in 2015.
Furthermore, MacArthur is a cessationist and is one of the most prominent voices in the church over the continuation of beliefs of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement. John has published three books on the subject. Furthermore, in October 2013, he held a conference at his church called “Strange Fire” to celebrate the release of his book of the same title. A number of speakers spoke at the gathering, arguing for a cessationist religion and harshly criticizing the Charismatic Movement.
John calls it modern “visions revelations, voices from heaven…dreams speaking in tongue, prophecies, out-of-body experiences, a trip to heaven and anointing, miracle-all false, all lies, all deceptions-attributed falsely to the Holy Spirit. ”
He has compiled a list of Spirit Gifts, mainly from 1 Corinthians 12–14, but believes that “after the New Testament was completed, such sign gifts ceased to have a purpose,” and that the Apostolic Age ended about AD 100.
MacArthur published his belief in the doctrine of ” incarnational sonship” in 1983. After receiving criticism, in 1989 he came forward to defend his views in a plenary session of the annual convention of the Independent Fundamental Church of America. 10 years later he confirmed that he had retracted these views via an article from Grace to You.
According to MacArthur, he is opposed to “male chauvinist and feminist views.” He takes a complementarian approach to gender roles, believing that the Bible forbids women from preaching to men or exercising authority in churches. Moreover, he went ahead and stated that it is the Biblical roles of elders and priests are only for men. To this end, he refers to 1 Timothy 2:11-12 in the Bible.
Law and Covenant
Furthermore, he describes himself as a ” leaky dispensationalist”. MacArthur holds to the Dispensationalist school of premillennialism and a pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church and literal fulfillment of all the covenant promises made to the Jews, he rejects some of the classic dispensational ideas, including the Law, which has no application to the Church.
Furthermore, he was a key person in the Lordship salvation controversy in the 1980s. Where he was arguing against free grace theology. John said that he must receive Jesus Christ for who he is, both Lord and Savior, to be truly saved (II Peter 2:20).” In terms of everlasting protection, he says, “It can never be presented that if you’re saved once, you’re saved forever, regardless of what you believe or do. Only all who continue to live holy lives will join the Lord’s presence, according to the author of Hebrews 12:14.”
His views raised controversy within U.S. evangelicalism and were challenged in print by non-lordship dispensationalist theologians Charles and Zane C. Hodges. Charles Ryrie and Zane argued that John was teaching a form of work-based salvation. Furthermore, he went ahead and denied the allegations as attested on two tapes recorded in 1989, when he was asked to reason together with the IFCA man.
How Old Is John F. MacArthur?
He was born on June 19th, 1939, and currently, he is 81 years old.
Who is His Parent?
He was born in Los Angeles to Jack MacArthur and Irene Dockendorf. His father was a Baptist preacher, John followed in his father’s footsteps despite him having a passion for football which he played in High School and at University
Does He Have Siblings?
He has one sibling by the name of Jeanette F. MacArthur.
John F. MacArthur Education
He joined Bob Jones University in 1957 until 1959. After that he transferred to Los Angeles Pacific College, he then acquired his Masters of Divinity from Biola University’s Talbot Theological Seminary, in La Mirada California. He graduated with honors in 1963. In addition, she also holds honorary doctorates from Talbot Theological Seminary.
He is married to Patricia, though much is not known about their love life
John F. MacArthur Kids
The couple is blessed with four children and fifteen grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons.
John F. MacArthur Height
He stands at a stature of 1.69 m tall and weighs 62kgs
John F. MacArthur’s Net Worth
As of 2021, his net worth is $14 million
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