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Jesus Christ did not die on the cross so you and I could have a nice day.

Ministers and teachers who water down the Gospel of Christ in order to make it more popular and appealing may be leading their fun-loving audiences down the road to eternal punishment.

This book is John MacArthur's unflinching, unapologetic treatise on the modern tendency to alter the true message of Christianity in order to meet the whims and desires of a culture hoping for nonconfrontational messages, easy answers, and superficial commitments.

Too many people just want a Madison Avenue Jesus to make them well, make them happy, and make them prosperous. But Jesus Christ isn't a personal genie. He is the Savior. He died in agony to satisfy the wrath of a holy God and to forgive the sins of humankind. Faith in Him demands a willingness to make any sacrifice He asks. The hard truth about Christianity is that the cost is high, but the rewards are priceless: abundant and eternal life that comes only from faithfully following Christ.

©2006 John MacArthur (P)2006 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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My favorite Bible teacher!!!

I view myself as a simple person and John MacArthur has a way of breaking things down that resonate with my heart. I always knew if I was to follow Jesus I would have to give everything up. I would have to get baptized, lose a lot of my so-called friends and even talk to people about Jesus. It’s all worth it and even through trials and dealing with my past sin God is faithful. John MacArthur talks about the true God in this book and I am so thankful God chose me before the foundations of the world! Thank you John MacArthur for your ministry!!!

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Awesome for every true Christian

I just love John MacArthur!!! He is so clear on his message, simple and direct. No Honey spread around for those who can't handle the truth.

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Excellent

I recommend for anyone seeking Christ and what it means to be a true follower vs just being a Church attendee.

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  • 07-28-20

This is the best bare facts of being a Christian.

If you want to know that you know about your faith in Jesus Christ.
If you want to believe that you believe in the one True Sovereign God, then this book is for you.

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Great audio read

Required reading by all Christian men. In desperate times we all need strong biblical truth.

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Soul Reaching

I listened straight through. Afterward, I went to God in prayer for ALL the lost.

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best pastor

I loved it, John MacArthur is the best pastor I listen to. if ur looking for truth in teaching the word of God he is where u want to look bc God has blessed his ministry. but ultimately the truth comes from your personal relationship in Jesus Christ and in him alone

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From lite to right

This is a terrific book if you’re interested in learning what it truly is to be a Christian. Born a Catholic but essentially raised without religion an former friend of mine turned me on to the message of Joel Osteen and for a while his podcast inspired me to reconnect with my Christian faith (or lack there of). After a short time however the message began to ring hollow. By the grade of God I stumbled upon Pastor John MacArthur.

Let me be clear: Christianity is not “The Secret.” Through this work I’ve grown a far greater understanding of the Bible, how Christian faith works, what it is and what it is not. As the book describes, It’s hard to believe, and through the truth my faith has never been stronger and my life is the better for it.

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Hard To Believe John Thomas

I love John MacArther teaching. This book was straight out of the Bible. Loved it

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Outstanding

Pastor and teacher John MacArthur is consistently inspire by God to expound the truth of the scriptures in understandable ways to those God has called or is calling and this book is no exception. I always learn more and stand on a stronger foundation after listening or reading to Gods man, John MacArthur.

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  • MK Squared
  • 12-22-19

Gripping!!

Always trusted standout God-fearing preacher and pastor. GTY.org. pastor MacArthur does not tell stories like many others , he carefully dissects the word of God regardless of who is meant to impact.

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  • Lionheart
  • 07-02-18

A Thoroughly Good Iisten

MacArthur in his highly pragmatic style lays out the bare bones of the gospel it's many different modern day heresies and how these make the TRUTH more acceptable to modern man.
He pulls no punches in showing how foolish this is when for two thousand years the gospels truth has been God's way of leading men to Christ's Salvation. Thank you John and more importantly Lord Jesus for showing the foolishness of Men in the light of God's glorious gospel as faithfully revealed in Scripture.

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  • 06-12-20

How Gods word must an should be

Every Christian must read an understand - our Lord Juses Chirst is King. We are to live as Gods word.