“Slave” John MacArthur

“Slave” by John MacArthur

“We don’t hear about this concept in churches today,” MacArthur says. “Slavery is a distasteful concept to modern sensibilities. So we hear that God loves people unconditionally and wants them to be all they want to be. Personal ambition, personal fulfillment, personal gratification–these have all become part of the lexicon of evangelical Christianity–and the essence of what it means to have a `personal relationship with Jesus Christ.'”

I just finished reading the book “slave” by John MacArthur. I loved the idea and the thought pattern of the book but it was not an easy read. I felt like I was theological book from Bible College. It was not a book that I read before I went to bed or just to relax. I really have to pay attention to what I was reading. You can tell the depth and research that the author put into the book because of all the work cited point that he put into the book. Just wasn’t not what I expected but it does have some really good points.

The book begins with asking the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian?” It then goes on to explain the difference between a ‘slave’ and a ‘servant’. I thought that this was very thought provoking. I loved how he talked about the greek translation of the word and how it changes how you look and understand it. “Why is the literal word “slave” not seen as often as he states? “That’s because,” says MacArthur, “The Greek word for slave (doulas) has been mistranslated in almost every English version–going back to both the King James Version and the Geneva Bible that predated it.”
The book begins with the examination of the original language of the terms mentioned above, in relationship to both Old and New Testament writings. It also takes a historical look at the life of a slave in Biblical times and how it compares to the scriptural definitions and expectations of a follower of Jesus. “ . This was taken by another review which I really liked how it explained.

The first three chapters of this book was really good. They were thought provoking and very insightful. The first three chapters are worth the book, but like I said in the beginning, the rest of it was hard to digest.

I would suggest this book to you if you like theology books and deep reads, but for the casual reader I would just read the first few chapters.



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