Blogging provocateur, Joel Taylor, continues his campaign to embarrass himself and heap life-crippling scorn upon his family. This time, fake pastor-teacher Joel has jumped to the end of a long line of cranks, loons, and other sundry theological wackos who over the decades have “officially” declared that John MacArthur is a heretic.
But John is in good company, I suppose, because over the course of the last year or so, fake pastor-teacher Joel has declared pretty much everyone not agreeing with him heretical. Folks like the entire TeamPyro blogging crew even including Phil Johnson, who Joel implied was a liar in a recent post, video blogger Lane Chaplin, and recently, street evangelist, Tony Miano. In fact, fake pastor-teacher Joel had a blog post dedicated to telling us how he thinks Tony is a joke, but he took it down a day or so afterward for some mysterious reason. I saved the text of his latest post declaring John is a heretic just in case.
What exactly makes John a “heretic” according to fake pastor-teacher Joel? Well, John believes Israel will be saved at the second coming of Christ just like the Bible says so. Joel believes this is “second-chance salvation,” or “salvation by sight,” rather than faith, and hence, because John believes what the Bible states in various passages like Zechariah 12 and Romans 11 he’s a “heretic,” at least in Joel’s fevered mind.
Now, some may wonder what’s the point in writing up a post about a crank who is the blogging equivalent of Ernest T. Bass chucking rocks through the windows of Mayberry courthouse? I realize this is against better judgment, and in fact, a number of individuals back where fake pastor-teacher Joel lives and who know him personally, tell me he’s nothing but an attention-seeking glory hound. They tell me I would be better off leaving him alone. Yet, in spite of those warnings, I do have a reason for this response which I’ll explain in a moment.
Before I begin, allow me to provide a bit of background. I did respond to something fake pastor-teacher Joel wrote back in May of 2011 with this post of mine. for those of you who may not recall, in May of 2011, Harold Camping was about to be exposed once again as a charlatan doomsday prophet. Fake pastor-teacher Joel, seizing upon the moment, made the odd-ball claim that John MacArthur was exactly the same as Camping with regards to preaching failed prophecies about the end of the world. However, because John is a “respected” radio preacher, everyone ignores him and let’s him get away with his “false prophecies.” Those “false prophecies” according to Joel, was John predicting the salvation and restoration of Israel at the return of Christ.
Why this bit of background is important for my readers today is quite simple. I did respond to fake pastor-teacher Joel and yet he ignored what I wrote. I guess that is all well and good. I don’t expect everyone I write about to offer their rebuttals. However, fake pastor-teacher Joel continued to say on his blog and on twitter that no one ever answers him. He would say stuff like, “When is someone gonna explain John’s position?” “When is someone gonna answer my charges?” etc, etc. I’d try to leave comments telling him I had answered him, but of course, those comments are conveniently deleted or left “unapproved.”
A few months later, he wrote up some similar non-sense against Dan Phillips and when Dan, who probably has better sense than I do in these matters, refused to argue with him, Joel interpreted that non-answer as “I’m right and you’re wrong and you can’t answer me.” Of course, I immediately pinged him on Twitter reminding him that I had answered him months prior to his latest similar screeds against Dan, but what did fake pastor-teacher Joel do? Why he responded in the sensible way anyone serious about real debate and discussion do: He blocked me so I could no longer read his tweets. And this is after he breathed out some threats against me about “going public” and “You’ll get yours!” kind of stuff.
Back to the post at hand.
If fake pastor-teacher Joel insists on publicly announcing to the watching world that John MacArthur, a man who has had 50 plus years of God blessed, fruitful ministry that is affirmed throughout the world by thousands of Bible-believing Christians, is a heretic, then fake pastor-teacher Joel needs to justify those comments.
He says John is teaching a false gospel by believing that Israel will be saved at Christ’s coming. Okay. If that is the case, what fake pastor-teacher Joel needs to do is answer the following questions:
Are such notable men as John Murray, Charles Hodge, J.C. Ryle, Leon Morris, and D.M. Lloyd-Jones heretics as well, because they believed the same thing as John does about Israel’s salvation?
Is he ready to do some real exegesis of various biblical passages, like Deuteronomy 4:29-31, 30:1-10; Ezekiel 36:24-28, 37:14, 22-23, 26-28; Zechariah 14:20,21 and Romans 11:25ff. where Israel is promised to be saved and restored in their land?
What about Zechariah 12? To be fair, Joel attempts to tie the prophecy of Israel looking upon their Messiah and mourning for him (12:10) to the reaction the Jews at Pentecost gave to Peter’s preaching in Acts 2:40 as well as John’s use of this prophecy in John 19:37. But those passages are just one part of the whole prophecy of Zechariah 12 that involves the entire nation awaiting their deliverer during the last days and their collective salvation.
And what about Romans 11:25ff.? I’d be happy if fake pastor-teacher Joel just interacted with my take on the passage I wrote out in my recent post on the subject.
So why exactly am I spending the time asking fake pastor-teacher Joel these questions that he more than likely will ignore and play like they don’t exist? Because of a comment left under his post by a person named “Hans.” Hans writes,
Our Pastor is a graduate of Masters Seminary. Two weeks ago I specifically asked in SS if he believed in a “second chance for salvation after the rapture of the church and not limited to Israel” “yes” there will be many saved, most martyred for faith”..
I was blown away, I stated this is contrary to whole of scripture…and was told not true.
Matthew 24-25 only applies to the Tribulation period…
Day of the Lord is not the Second Coming????
Trumpets herald good news… (just don’t tell the residents of Jericho that) etc.
This heresy is serious as it alters interpretation and how we live etc..
This “Hans” character represents a lot of “hanses” out there who read the idiocy of the likes of fake pastor-teacher Joel and will start hassling real pastors, deacons, and Sunday school teachers, who, like John and a host of other reputable men of God throughout the history of the church, believe Israel will come to salvation by the sovereign hand of God at the return of their true Messiah, Jesus Christ. It’s these misguided individuals who need to be answered and rebuked for listening to a nut.