MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto (Sam Waldon):"Iron Sharpens Iron"(7/1/08)
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DR. SAM WALDRON, one of the pastors of the Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky, and the Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, will address the theme of his book: "MacARTHUR's MILLENNIAL MANIFESTO: A Friendly Response".
Dr. John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA (see www.GraceChurch.org) is a modern-day hero of many Christians today, particularly of many if not most Reformed Baptists today (including the host of this program--he has been a guest on "Iron Sharpens Iron" previously and we eagerly desire his return to the program ASAP). His radio and television ministry, "Grace To You," and his many writings, have been a constant source of healthy, spiritual food for Calvinists, even before he finally adopted the "L" in "TULIP": the controversial doctrine of "Limited Atonement" (AKA: "Definite Atonement", or "Particular Redemption"), after already affirming all the other doctrines of Calvinism found in that historic Reformed acronym. But, also being a passionate Dispensationalist, there are times when even Dr. MacArthur's friends and "students in the Faith" strongly disagree with him on various issues, as brethren in Christ, even when embracing very similar theological positions, often do with one another.
At the 2007 Shepherds' Conference (see http://www.shepherdsfellowship.org/SC/), John MacArthur delivered a controversial message entitled, "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist." In the book we are addressing during today's interview, Dr. Sam Waldron addresses the assertions of MacArthur historically, exegetically and theologically. Although Dr. Waldron's arguments are rigorous, the entire tenor of the book is level-headed and irenic. This "friendly response" grants modern day Amillennialists the opportunity to thoughtfully engage their Dispensational brethren.
"With charity, this book exposes the fallacies--historical, exegetical and theological--inherent in Dr. MacArthur's presentation...Thank you, Dr. Waldron, for showing us how a theological refutation may be done with grace and kindness"...James M. Renihan, Ph.D.
"Samuel Waldron's 'friendly response' to John MacArthur's 'millennial manifesto' will go a long way toward setting the record straight about what Reformed amillennialists actually believe about the church and Israel...I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in this controversy"...Kim Riddlebarger, Ph.D.
"Samuel Waldron's response to John MacArthur's controversial sermon, "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist Is a Premillennialist," is a gem. In a gentle spirit, and with an awareness of what is at stake, Waldron makes a persuasive case against MacArthur's unlikely claim that true Calvinists must subscribe to the tenets of dispensational premillennialism"...Cornelis Venema, Ph.D.
Dr. Sam Waldron is the author of numerous other books and pamphlets including To Be Continued: Are the Miraculous Gifts For Today?, 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition, The End Times Made Simple, A Reformed Baptist Manifesto: The New Covenant Constitution of the Church and a contributor to the four views book on church government, Who Runs the Church?
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