“The truth is, the United States was born out of a violation of Romans 13:1f.”
Rev. John MacArthur
“The Christian and Government: The Christian’s Responsibility to Government – Part 1”
“So the United States was actually born out of a violation of New Testament principles, and any blessings God has bestowed on America have come in spite of that disobedience by the Founding Fathers.”
Rev. John MacArthur
“By the way, we are the original protesters. We go back 500 years to the Protestant Reformation. We’re still protesting lies and deception for the sake of the truth.”
Rev. John MacArthur
Tucker Carlson Interview 28 July 2020
I want to start off by being clear that I thank the Lord Jesus Christ that Johnny Mac has flipped flopped on this issue. Indeed, this past Sunday Morning in the Long Pastoral Prayer I thanked God for MacArthur’s stand and asked God to strengthen MacArthur in his proper defiance of Gov. Newsome’s tyranny against the Church. It is easy to see that even though many others long ago took this same stand that a rainmaker like MacArthur taking this stand strengthen’s everybody else’s hand.
However, having admitted all that I couldn’t help but whimsically think that this was a case of Rev. John MacArthur being a “Johnny come lately.” As they say though, better late than never.
Still, I think MacArthur is now left in the position of telling us just exactly how he now understands Romans 13:1-7 given this obvious flip-flop on his part.
Now, Johnny Mac could say that he still thinks the founders were in disobedience to the Crown by not submitting but his not submitting is different because it has to do with the State closing down the Church. However, if Johnny Mac did say this Johnny Mac would reveal his lack of understanding of American history. One significant reason for the American war of Independence that most Americans are unaware of is the fact that the Crown intended to place a Anglican Bishop over the Colonies. This would have had one effect of the Church no longer being able to be the Church as the Presbyterians, Dissenters, and Independents understood the Church. (Johnny Mac’s tradition would have fallen in that list.) So, the Founding Fathers were seeking to protect the Church from Government over-reach as it relates to the Church not being under the Parliament’s jurisdiction, just as Johnny Mac is seeking to protect the Church from Government over-reach as it relates to the Church not being under the California State Government’s jurisdiction.
So, Johnny Mac has a significant flip-flop to explain. He could just say he was previously in error but I’d be shocked if he does that.
Just so it’s clear…. Johnny Mac was in deep and serious error when he said this country was born out of a violation of Romans 13. That was a monumentally stupid thing to say. It reveals what we already know about Johnny Mac and that he has no clue regarding covenant theology. When it comes to political covenants Reformed history has long taught, as based on Scripture, that parties to the political covenant arrangement (in Colonial America’s case the parties to the political covenants were the King of England and the people in their respective Colonial charters) are required to be faithful to the covenant and if there is sustained unfaithfulness on the part of the ruling Party (King George III) then the other party of the political covenant (the thirteen Colonies) no longer had any obligation to yield obedience to the Sovereign. Did Johnny Mac know any of this before he shot off his mouth disrespecting the “Black-Robed regiment” ministers of the colonial era time who did support the colonial counter-rebellion and did so on a proper understanding of Romans 13 and Reformed covenant political theology?
This is why, contrary to the Pope of Moscow I cannot look at Johnny Mac as some kind of “Daddy figure” or Prophet for whom all churches in America should be thankful. Instead Johnny Mac’s voice is more like a Step-father’s voice. He’s late to the family. He doesn’t understand the family’s past and because of that he’s always getting family issues wrong.
How can I look at MacArthur as a Daddy figure when MacArthur continues to find glory in standing over the blood of Martin Luther King and standing in the place where James Earl Ray shot MLK? All of this is an attempt to share in a modern version of seeking to gain holiness out of being in a saint’s (MLK) presence. When Johnny Mac tells these stories he suggest that MLK was some kind of hero when in point of fact MLK was a grifter, plagiarizer of epic proportions, whore-monger, and a front man for Communist. How can I look to Johnny Mac as a wise Prophet or having the Daddy voice?
MacArthur implicitly defends the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s which in point of fact it was driven by a Marxist ideology. In this way MacArthur is like many minister of his generation who, swallowing the fake media narrative of the time, completely misunderstood that the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s was funded, guided, and cheered by those who were either bedrock Marxists, fellow travelers, or useful idiots. Sixty years later the fruit of the Civil Right’s movement (BLM, Black family disintegration, Black abortion rates, Black voting patterns) demonstrate that MacArthur’s “wokeness” at the time was a disaster for the black community, the country and for Biblical Christianity.
How can I look at Johnny Mac as a “Prophet” when he doesn’t understand the Scriptures? Getting covenant theology wrong means that everything else the Baptist Johnny Mac touches is going to be wrong in one way or another. The man is a walking contradiction by embracing both Reformed theology and Dispensationalism. (It’s ok Johnny Mac… most ministers are walking contradictions today on that score what with the rise of R2K Reformed Dispensationalism.) Despite Pope Doug’s suggestion that Johnny Mac not baptizing babies is not a big deal, it is a big deal and it doesn’t fade into the background when Johnny Mac gets right telling the California Governor to go pound sand.
However, as said at the outset, we are thankful that Johnny Mac got this one right. It will indeed make it easier to defy disobedient authorities when someone of Johnny Mac’s stature is in defiance also. We are also thankful that Johnny Mac has, in the past, taken on the loopy Pentecostal continuationist movement. These are matters in which Johnny Mac has been most helpful.
But Johnny Mac as the country’s Daddy or the Church’s Prophet per Pope Doug? That’s almost as absurd as saying that Federal Vision amber ale is inside the Reformed brewery.