Posted by Christine Pack (http://solasisters.blogspot.de)
In a recent interview with Brannon Howse (Worldview Weekend), Dr. John MacArthur,
author and pastor of Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, CA), was asked about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), and their plan to “reclaim the culture” through their “7 Mountain Mandate,” a Dominionist agenda aimed at “taking back” the culture for Christ. Brannon Howse noted that many Christian activist groups have aligned themselves with the New Apostolic Reformation, a theologically unsound movement, which was recently coined “the most important Christian movement in America you have never heard of” by NPR. Dr. MacArthur responded by giving a fascinating history lesson about morality and first century Judaism:
Question: Dr. MacArthur, I was told by (Christian political activists who had united with the New Apostolic Reformation), “Well, we have to unite with a lot of people who have different theological beliefs in order to reclaim the culture.”
Answer: First of all, they’re not gonna “reclaim the culture,”that is a ridiculous concept. Let me give you a perspective on this. The Pharisees and the Sadducees had created in the land of Israel a moral culture, the Pharisees in particular, the Scribes, the Pharisees, and the Rabbis. They had created a moral culture. In other words, they had created a fastidious culture in which all of the normal, categorical sins were excluded from society. They had a kind of “form of godliness,” the Apostle Paul called it. I would say that based upon Old Testament moral standards, the culture of Israel when our Lord came was the most moral culture in the history of Israel, and therefore more moral than any culture because it at least had the Bible, the Old Testament, to base it on. They’d gotten rid of idolatry after the Babylonian captivity, there were no idols in the land, they were living fastidiously by the Law, the Pharisees were in control, and they were the rigid legalists, they had disseminated this religion throughout the land of Israel. And Jesus came into that situation and basically condemned the entire thing, and basically said, this is what is going to send you to Hell. And Paul picks up on that and says, they’re going about to establish their own righteousness. They don’t know how holy God is, they don’t know how unholy they are, Romans 10, the only way to be saved is to call on the name of the Lord. So what do you get when you’re done reclaiming the culture? What have you got? You’ve got first century Judaism, and Jesus came and said, “your house is left to you desolate,” you’re going to be destroyed. And in 70 A.D., the Romans were God’s divine weapon that came in and massacred, I think Josephus says that, we don’t know the numbers are exactly accurate, a million Jews were killed, 985 towns in Israel were sacked, and people were slaughtered. Divine judgment fell on the most moral society maybe that the world has ever known, based on Old Testament morality and superficiality. So what do you get when you get a moral society? You get a society of people insulated against the true understanding on their own wretched hearts.
Another thing to say about it is, look, I believe America is under Divine judgment, and I’m not saying that just as a whim. Romans 1 says, Romans 1:18 says, the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Okay, if we took America and asked, did we have the truth? We had the truth, yes. But we have held the truth in unrighteousness, getting increasingly unrighteous. So what is the wrath of God against us? Well, it defines it in verses 24, 26 and 28. “He gave them over,” “He gave them over,” “He gave them over.” This is not eschatalogical wrath, this is not eternal wrath, this is not sort of consequential wrath (sowing and reaping), this is not cataclysmic wrath, like the flood or like a tidal wave, this is the wrath of abandonment. God gave them over, gave them over, gave them over. And you see a sequence. When this wrath acts – and according to Acts 14 He allows all the nations to go their own way, so this is the cycle of human history – when this wrath is in action, the first thing he says is, God gave them over to fornication. The first thing that happens, you will notice a sexual revolution, you will notice that sexual behavior will begin to be accepted outside of marriage. Then he says in verse 26, He gave them over to homosexuality, women with women doing that which is unacceptable, men with men, and it even talks about getting the due results of their sin, which would be something like AIDS. So you can tell when a society has been turned over by God, abandoned: first, there’s the sexual revolution, that’s the 60’s, the whole Playboy sexual deal, the hippie culture, then you get a homosexual revolution. Then verse 28, God gives them over to a reprobate mind. Now nobody can think straight, and all the stuff that follows out of that. I think that’s what we’re seeing in America. You’re not gonna overpower God’s judgment on this country at that level.