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Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 12:29 AM

Book Review: The Truth War

John Macarthur wrote The Truth War essentially as a call to arms for Evangelical Christians. A call not to defend orthodoxy against the outsiders, but against the far more dangerous wolves in sheep's clothing, apostates who still claim the label "Christian" but deny core essentials of the Gospel. John Macarthur points out that Scripture has not only predicted that such a fight will come, but commanded that we continue fighting, trusting in a sovereign Lord that will ultimately use sinners like us as the seed of woman to wage war and crush the seed of the serpent.

The book walks through the first few verses of the Epistle of Jude and points out the utter foolishness and hopelessness of those who apostatize from the faith and the necessary steps to stand firm and defend the faith.

The book does an excellent job doing an overview and Scriptural presentation of the problems and solutions at hand. It presents a biblical and scholarly refutation of distinctiveness of the Emergent church and issues a firm call for repentance on both the Emergent church and those who tolerate these people.

That said, the book is very contextual, and it's very evident that this is a book written for these times against these people. When the next error crops up, John Macarthur will have to write another book doing the same thing over again, probably using the same passages. Not to say that he misapplies the passages or the truths he points out are only relevant today, but since the book is so specifically directed, the examples he uses will quickly fade into the past, and I wonder if it might be more beneficial to generalize those rather than picking specific authors that will quickly disappear.

Anyway though, I would highly recommend this book especially for those who wondering how to respond to postmodern Christians, ones who deny that people can have authority on anything yet still want to hang onto the fundamentals of Christianity. An excellent read with a biblical response. It's not a great book to keep around though. It doesn't quicken the soul like a positive presentation of God's grace or exposition of God's law, nor is it a great resource for refutations of specific cases. It does a good general refutation of the principles behind it, ones that people can pick up after a reading.

My recommendation: borrow it, or give it to someone as a gift.


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