“The greatest measuring rod of love in the life of a Christian may be forgiveness, because God showed His love to us in terms of forgiveness.” (John MacArthur)
Does anyone really want to forgive? Or admit that we need forgiveness? Whether we’re giving or receiving, forgiveness is hard. It seems unfair. It feels unnatural. And as best-selling author and pastor John MacArthur demonstrates, forgiveness apart from Christ is unnatural. It is only as we understand our need, Christ’s power and example, and what it really means to love that we can embrace two of the most liberating acts of love: forgiving and being forgiven.
©2012 John MacArthur (P)2012 Oasis Audio
John MacArthur is a well-respected Christian author. Maybe I just haven't read his best work, yet, but I find him to be very dry, discouraging, preachy, and overly critical of people who have very real addictions or illnesses. Forgiveness was mentioned and explored, but it was in terms of something like "Repent now or you will get sick and then you will go to Hell."
Don't misunderstand me. I agree with the author that there are people who claim that their sins are addictions or some sort of mental illness when, in fact, they are making excuses for their sins. I also agree that there are people in this world who are overmedicated and misdiagnosed. I believe that you should call sin what it is and deal with it with the Lord, and if you don't, you will suffer consequences. However, saying that Alcoholics Anonymous just enslaves people by calling them addicts, suggesting that there is no such thing as an addiction, and insisting that most illnesses should be cured by prayer is reckless at best.
He comes dangerously close to calling for faith healing and he offers no real encouragement for people who deal with addiction or illness. Again, I am a Christian. I have read the Bible. I know that it is abosolutely necessary for people to come to God with their sins through Jesus Christ. I also believe in mercy and compassion and the fact that God gave us doctors and medications He expects us to make us of as necessary.
The narration, however, was superb. Maurice England is one of my favorite narrators. I remembered his voice from Cats in the Parsonage. By the way, that would be a better, more encouraging book. It's a shame his talent was wasted on something like this.
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