Review: Slave by John MacArthur

Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Book Reviews | 3 Comments »

There are few things in American culture that everyone will agree on, but one is that slavery is wrong.  The mention of it brings up images of horror, oppression, and disgust from our country’s past.  So when I saw the cover of John MacArthur’s new book, Slave, I was put off by the solid black dustcover and white text.   Really?  I’m not sure how that one got through marketing.

That aside, this book defines the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  In Slave, MacArthur uncovers a truth that opened my eyes to the level of commitment and obedience God expects of us.  Many times I have heard the phrase; you cannot serve two masters (God and the devil) and thought it at least plausible that you could.  Throughout the New Testament, the word “servant” should have been translated “slave”.  Wow.  That makes sense.  There is no way that you could be the slave of two different masters.  None.

John MacArthur also does a masterful job of redefining “slave” in the context of the Roman culture in which it was written, thus removing the stigmas that have been ingrained in American culture.  This book so impacted me, that I offered my copy to my pastor.  Get this.  Read it.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze for allowing me to blog-review this book, and providing a copy free of charge.  A positive review is not required.


  • Kirk

    I’d love to read it!

  • ben

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  • Barbara

    Please research the endnotes in John MacArthur’s book, Slave. You will find that most of them reference the heretical works of Gnostic, modernist and postmodern scholars who deny the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Many of these scholars are rabidly anti-Christian and their works, which MacArthur recommends as authoritative, are filled with slander and blasphemy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    For example, John MacArthur favorably references Dale B. Martin’s book, Slavery as Salvation, on page 38 because it likens the Christian life to the abusive institution of slavery in the Roman Empire. Dale B. Martin is Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, an admitted homosexual and author of a blasphemous book titled Sex and the Single Savior which portrays Jesus as a homosexual. John MacArthur never discloses Prof. Martin’s true identity in Slave.

    Another scholar whose translation of Gnostic writings is recommended by MacArthur is Bart D. Ehrman, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof. Ehrman is a New Testament critic who claims that he was an evangelical Christian until he discovered “errors” in the Bible. Dr. Ehrman now writes books which debunk the New Testament and advocate for Gnostic forgeries such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot to replace the New Testament canon.

    Slave is a best-seller among young Christians who are led to believe that the sources referenced therein are Christian books, or at least neutral historical sources. Theological heretics Dale Martin and Bart Ehrman are only two of many academics of the “Jesus Seminar” variety whose scholarship is recommended without an honest identification or disclaimer to warn the reader. By concealing the identity and agenda of his sources, John MacArthur is deceptively promoting Gnostic books and the Gnostic heresy to many young Christians who are not yet established in the faith.

    For documentation and detailed information on the heretical sources in Slave, see the following review: