Pulpit & Pen’s Dilemma: John MacArthur Partnering With A “Devil”
We’ll keep this one short.
JD Hall of Pulpit & Pen blog has long been defending his support of John MacArthur while privately critiquing him. Hall and his degenerate friend, Seth Dunn, apparently share a bowl of dereliction for breakfast every morning and are now faced with quite the dilemma. Tweedledee & Tweedledum (not sure which is which) have gone out of their way to deceive themselves and others by defiantly protecting MacArthur while publicly lambasting others engaged in the SAME misconduct. Though, as was recently exposed, JD Hall displays seemingly sociopathic tendencies by confidently contradicting himself and denying it in the face of his own audio recordings. In an attempt to dismiss his own contradictory nature, and personal favoritism, he erected a straw man argument and his new favorite phrase “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.” Hall claims that we are claiming MacArthur knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who’s is a heretic and therefore, he is. Hall’s friend (birds of a feather) and executive director of Grace to You, Phil Johnson, attempted this with his wannabe stand-up comic friend, Todd Friel; both were exposed for their hypocrisy here: More LIES & Hypocrisy From “Grace to You” & “Wretched Radio”
THIS IS NOT THE ARGUMENT. MacArthur actively partners in ministry with John Piper and Matt Chandler who openly embrace and partner with vile heresy. This is partnership, not acquaintanceship. The disturbing bit about JD’s straw-man tendency is the fact that on the phone he says that he potentially agrees with up to “FIVE degrees of separation.” This man is, in short, a liar and a deceiver.
MacArthur has continued to embrace and partner in ministry with false teachers and apostates like
John Piper and Matt Chandler, whom JD acknowledges as despicable. Nevertheless, because JD and his minions at Pulpit & Pen are like vultures circling a carcass in the desert, just desperate to get a bite, they will not condemn MacArthur. He affords them “credibility” and the potential to make their name bigger. They desperately want to share in the spoils of the MacArthur camp. In keeping with the desert motif, they are similar to that bird that plants itself on the hippo and cleans its ears from time to time.
In a sad but funny twist, the degrees of separation are thinning by the minute. JD and Co. have stated that Russel Moore, of the ERLC is, “of the Devil.” Hall does not mask his loathing of Moore, nor should he. He is quite right to assess Moore as “of the Devil.”
as the man openly fought to have a Mosque built, went with Rick Warren to the Vatican, and thinks Pope Francis was the perfect person to be Time’s “person of the year.”
To say that Moore is a Catholic sympathizer is an understatement; he is a full blown advocate. This man is one of the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention. Though outside the scope of this article, anyone who remains in the SBC, which is under the leadership of deceivers and enemies of Christ, is aiding and abetting them, and it behooves them to vacate immediately lest they share in their miserable fate as well.
Well, guess what? Pope John MacArthur is hosting the Gospel Coalition conference “Enduring Faithfulness” in October of this year (2018). That’s right. He is welcoming in and speaking with the Gospel Coalition, formally, in his own building.
JD and crew have called the Gospel Coalition a Marxist organization and, as I said, called Moore, “of the Devil.” Given this, what will JD and his fellow sycophants do? Russell Moore is a member of the Gospel Coalition, along with John Piper and other apostates, and Ol’ Johnny Boy is not only partnering with them, but having them in his own “house” as it were. Though the location doesn’t matter, these non-thinking emotionalists seem to think that if John doesn’t invite them to his church it doesn’t count. That has been their defense of his speaking at Together for the Gospel for the past TWELVE years. Well, here it is. What a tragic time when personal favoritism wins over truth. These men are in it for business, not Christ. Their ability to see Moore as a false teacher says nothing of righteousness or devotion to Christ. Even the Pharisees hated the Sadducees and Jesus still called them sons of hell. There are no “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon” here, folks. This is simply John MacArthur welcoming a devilish organization to his home. Will P& P continue their hypocritical defense of MacArthur in light of this or will humility prevail? Will JD and Seth give John the Same treatment as they gave Dr. Michael Brown and James White, or are they still desiring an invitation to next year’s Shepherd’s Conference?
So, to recap: John is hosting a “Marxist organization” that is home to someone “of the Devil,” according to JD Hall…. a devil that wants to unite with Catholics. MacArthur is now hosting them in his church. You still want to play “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” or would you rather repent; acknowledge your blatant hypocrisy and call a spade a spade? MacArthur is supporting a devil according to JD Hall and P&P. What will they do? What will Wretched Radio do? What will Phil Johnson do? What will Justin Peters do? What will Chris Rosebrough do? What will Paul Washer do? I suspect nothing. They will find new and clever ways to dismiss it or altogether ignore it. The fruit of idolatry produces all manner of silliness. Though possible, and to be desired, these men have proven themselves to be loyal to their “fan-base” and their “queen-bee” rather than the Word of God.
Why the harsh language? Why the mocking tone toward JD and his cohorts, you ask? Why did Elijah mock the false prophets? Why did John mock the Pharisees? Why did Paul mock the Judaizers? These men are deceivers and hypocrites. Their dislike for me is personal and stems merely from calling them out for theological error. My dislike for them, on the other hand, is not personal. I tried to contact them and reason with them privately, but they would have none of it. I’ve watched as they mocked (not me, but truth), denying the very words that came out of their own mouths. There comes a point when people become so invested that they can’t turn back. For us (those eagerly seeking to grow in Christ and His truth), we went all in despite the world around us. We took the call to forsake ALL for the cause of Christ; we heeded the statement, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” We did not seek to be validated by men but by God. We were truly ready to take up a cross and follow Christ. We did not seek to make for ourselves earthly kingdoms and receive the praise of men, but to boldly proclaim truth despite any and all consequences; to contend earnestly for the faith though all might mock and jeer. Jesus was despised by the conservative religious establishment of His day who thought they had a monopoly on truth because, after all, they were sons of Abraham and had “one Father- God.” Yet, Jesus tells them they are hypocrites and broods of vipers. Moreover, He says they are sons of hell and that their father is actually the Devil. Were they capable of espousing truths? Of course. The Scribes and Pharisees knew better. This is the entire basis of hypocrisy. To say and not do. To speak truth and neglect it. Even devils are capable of stating theological truths. Jesus warned of the leaven of the Pharisees. These men will says things like, “Sola Scriptura” and then appeal to everything but scripture to substantiate a point. They will say to be a Berean, and yet lean on their traditions rather than the Word of God. People like John MacArthur are compared to Paul the Apostle, yet I don’t recall Paul making over a Million Dollars per year. But MacArthur-ites will defend him to the death. Why? Idolatry. Plain and simple. He became their standard rather than the Word of God and they, therefore, have hewn out cisterns that hold no water. Million-dollar-Mac is hardly the apostolic figure they would have us believe. And by their own standards they condemn him for partnering with a Marxist organization that is home to a Devil. Will they alter their standards yet again? Just how silly can boys in the business of business be? We shall see.
Never divorce love from discernment. Discern the discerners.
P.S. Ken Silva is dead. His site is recommended as it is an archive. He recommended Grace to You at a time when much of these goings on were not so easily seen, and if he were alive today I suspect he would be writing against Grace to You and John MacArthur as well. JD Hall, grasping at straws, thought he made some “drops mic” worthy observation about this. I’m not condemning a dead man based upon what he didn’t know. I gave JD the benefit of the doubt before every uttering a sideways statement about him, but he doesn’t want me to do the same for a dead man. This sort of bizarre thought pattern is par for the course for Mr. Hall. Desperation will produce cringe-worthy reactions. That said, if anyone finds any unsound recommendations from Mr. Silva that were relevant and obvious at the time he was alive, please let us know and we will be happy to remove the source as recommended. Everyone should be willing to change their position based on Scripture and facts… Mr. Hall seems to think there is some loyalty here other than to God. There is not. Unlike Hall, there is nobody buttering our proverbial bread on this end other than God. Let Him be true and every man a liar.