Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dr. John MacArthur = 2nd "Worst Person in the World"??? Really? For Preaching Paul's Romans???

Wowie, zowie! Take one left leaning interest group ("Media Matters"), add one angry television commentator (Keith Olbermann), fold in one John MacArthur sermon for the National Day of Prayer, and rebroadcast it on Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program and what do you have?

On the June 8 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News host Bill O'Reilly "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for, as Olbermann noted, "reacting to the arrest in the abduction and murder of the Kansas teenager Kelsey Smith . . . Additionally, Olbermann declared John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, "runner-up" for the category.

From the June 8 edition of MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: The runner-up, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, whose sermon, broadcast by those fine, tolerant folks who work for the Father Coughlin of the 21st century, James Dobson, says that because America has, quote, "illicit sex, adultery, every form or immorality", and, quote, "you know a society has been abandoned by God when it celebrates lesbian sex," therefore, quote, "God would be just in any calamity that he brought on us", including, quote, "the destruction of an entire city." Just let God speak for himself, pal.

John MacArthur runner up for "worst person in the world" for an expositional sermon on Romans 1 saying that perhaps America has been "given over" by God? MacArthur's "authoritative" (some would say "authoritarian") tone of voice rubs me the wrong way at times. But, yikes! Second worst person in the world????

Don't know about you all, but I listened to that sermon and found it sobering. Candidly, Keith Olbermann probably never heard of MacArthur prior to the piece in Media Matters Still, we have come a long way since the days of Jonathan Edwards when a biblical sermon could excite the masses and be used to help instigate a revival. Nowadays, a fairly traditional exposition of a portion of Paul's great epistle, coupled with some rather typical application, yields an apoplectic rant.

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Aaron Smith said...

If you seriously think God just speaks for himself, you truly do not understand the bible or God for that matter.

The Bible in its self is the words of God & the Holy Spirit Spoken/Written through the words of Men. God speaks his word through us his followers!!! Not through himself! God Spoke through Noah, Moses, Jesus. The only time I remember God speaking for himself is the writing on the wall in Babylon!

So think again before you write something so offensive!!!

So your claim is just stupid and should not be regarded as truth!

Aaron Smith said...

OOPS, I was reading this post wrong. It was not you that said this, it was OLBERMANN. I am sorry that I read this wrong. I guess this OLBERMANN guy needs a head check!!!