A very good book. MacArthur's style is so easily recognizable; and this is good. He seems never to drift from a Biblical standard in his writing (and, editing in this particular work) nor candid remarks about the Church, contemporary Christian living, or Christian culture. Although I did not agree with every word or every concept, MacArthur, (et al) poignantly reacts to some modern works and movements in our modern society, thereby informing Christendom about some very dangerous movements, books, etc. He rarely pulls punches, and this work is no different. It is refreshing to read an author who writes from the heart and uses frank discussion woven through Biblical precepts. Some chapters may be difficult for some to read through without thinking of ways of countering his arguments; however, one cannot dismiss the integrity with which this book is written. I especially liked Daniel Gillespie's chapter (5) on John Eldredge's "Wild at Heart": an onerous book that provides an insufficient view of Scripture, and paints God as Someone Who is not 'in control'. Also, the chapter by Nathan Busenitz (3) about the ubiquitous Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life" was a thoughtful assessment of this rather weak and superficial (Warren's) book. As a whole, "Fool's Gold" more often than not discusses the pros & cons of each topic in a clear, objective style. Very recommendable.
This is an amazing resource for anyone wondering what is wrong with books like The Purpose Driven Life, Wild at Heart and The Revolve New Testament. With so many of our churches turning "seeker" friendly and buying into many emergent thinkers, John MacArthur continues to uphold the TRUTH with another great book. I HIGHLY recommend this!!
There were many sections I appreciated, but I least appreciated the section on modern worship. All worship was at one time, modern. I think it's sad to discredit the sincerity of so many believers. Again, MacArthur usually goes to far in this sphere of Christendom. I think more praise and worship choruses today are more praiseworthy than some hymns. Some are lifted entirely from Holy Scripture. As far as repetition, there is a lot of repetition and hymns AND in the Bible.
If there is a book that the church needs to read before they pick up another, this one is it. MacArthur puts together a wonderful thought-provoking book concerning the lack of discernment by the church today. I'm so heart sick to see how many Christians buy into every new book and trend that attracts the masses. Much of the church has not hidden the Word in their hearts and have been led astray by an "American pop-culture gospel" which is no Gospel at all. Get this book and you will find that it points you to the Scripture... as every book should do. God's Word ought to be the centerpiece to all that we do as a church. MacArthur really shows his love and respect for the Word of God. However, I would like to point out something in the book that I thought was off base. In chapter 4 Phil Johnson discusses 'New Perspective Theology.' He really pushes N.T. Wright into a category that he doesn't belong. I believe New Perspective Theology is misrepresented by Mr. Johnson. His case sounds good, but he doesn't present New Perspective Theology in full. N.T. Wright is only trying to broaden our understanding of "justification by faith." A closer study of first century Judaism will prove that. Mr. Johnson defends the understanding of "justification" taught by Luther and the reformers years after Paul. It is peculiar that he doesn't mention Luther's view on the book of James. It certainly would not have helped his case. If the truth be known, Luther's understanding of "justification" comes amidst the Catholic teachings (legalism) concerning indulgences and such. Luther had a particular axe to grind with the gospel presented by the "church" of his day. We certainly owe a lot to Luther, but we better recognize that the buck doesn't stop with Luther. Luther's agenda is no secret. We want to understand "justification" the way Paul intended us to, not through the eyes of Luther and the reformers.