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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2007
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Right now, truth is under attack, and much is at stake. Perhaps no one in America is more passionate than John MacArthur about exposing those who are mounting this attackâ·especially those bringing the assault right into the church.
There is no middle groundâ·no safe zone for the uncommitted in this war. The battle for truth is raging, and this book reveals:
- The pitfalls of postmodern thinking
- Why the Emerging Church Movement is inherently flawed
- Past skirmishes in the Truth War and their effect on the Church
- The importance of truth and certainty in a postmodern society
- How to identify and address the errors and false teachings smuggled into churches
"[The postmodern age] is the age of no truth, an age that has reached a point of deadly fatigue when it comes to facing the truthâ·a generation that no longer believes truth can be known. Dr. John MacArthur knows better, and he is armed with the courage to confront this age with a bold defense of truth. . . . His argument is compelling, his defense of truth is brilliant, and his concern for the church is evident on every page. The evangelical church desperately needs this book, and it arrives just in time." â·R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Truth War has eight chapters, which are all prefaced by the introduction "Why Truth Is Worth Fighting For." Right off the bat, MacArthur explains why truth is important to defend. Each following chapter deals with an important aspect of the battle: "Can Truth Survive in a Postmodern Society?" (Chapter 1); "Spiritual Triumph: Duty, Danger, and Guaranteed Triumph" (Chapter 2); "Constrained into Conflict: Why We Must Fight for the Faith" (Chapter 3); "Creeping Apostasy: How False Teachers Sneak In" (Chapter 4); "Heresy's Subtlety: Why We Must Remain Vigilant" (Chapter 5); "The Evil of False Teaching: How Error Turns Grace into Licentiousness" (Chapter 6); "The Assault on Divine Authority: Christ's Lordship Denied" (Chapter 7); and "How to Survive in an Age of Apostasy: Learning from the Lessons of History" (Chapter 8). All this great discussion is followed by the appendix: "Why Discernment Is Out of Fashion."
An important theme MacArthur takes up in the book is Postmodernism, the philosophical engine that drives the Emergent Church movement. He is right when he says "Postmodernism is simply the latest expression of worldly unbelief," and that it is "proud rebellion against divine revelation" (p. 25). While false teaching masquerading as biblical Christianity has always posed a threat to the church, "most Christians nowadays simply don't care about the prevalence of false doctrine, nor do they take seriously their duty to fight against apostasy" (p. 47).
The real problem, as MacArthur sees it, is that the true church is battling apostate teachers who are espousing corrupt teaching. "They frequently remain and continue to function as preachers, teachers, or authors. Certainly they pretend to be Christians. They cover up their defection with subtlety. They profess faithfulness to the truth even as they try to undermine its foundations" (p. 66). "[A]postate religion is dynamic in the same way gospel truth is---but it produces exactly the opposite results. It intensifies sin's bondage, multiplies sin's pollutions, and magnifies sin's consequences" (p. 122).
The level of apostasy now in the church is not helped by the amount of people filling our pews who may not be genuine Christians. "Churches today are filled with people like that. They drift from church to church. They are often more concerned about whether they like the music than they are about whether they are hearing the truth. They are usually absorbed in religion for self-centered reasons. They want a better life. They are 'recovering' sinners looking for fellowship. They are therefore susceptible to anyone who promises to meet their 'felt needs.' They are the first-line victims of false religion" (p. 182).
The Truth War is must-reading for all Christians. It reminds us of the essential fact that Christianity is a matter of truth. And truth is always worth fighting for. Ray Hammond, Christian Book Previews.com
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