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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This past Lord's Day, John MacArthur spoke briefly to his congregation at Grace Community Church regarding the recent presidential election. We hope you'll be encouraged and blessed by his comments.

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#1  Posted by Tommy Clayton  |  Tuesday, November 13, 2012at 3:46 PM

Bold and biblical. Thanks for posting that encouraging excerpt, GTY. My pastor reminded his congregation last week that God is graciously ripping away our idols—those vain, hopeless things like moral majorities to which we so tightly cling. And today at lunch, he commended John MacArthur for being one of the most faithful and consistent preachers in America. May your tribe increase, pastor John.

Travis, Will, Jeremiah, Fred, keep up the excellent work on the GTY blog. I miss you guys.

#2  Posted by Elizabeth Beck  |  Tuesday, November 13, 2012at 5:49 PM

Thanks for helping put things in perspective - as always! Also for not pulling punches. Keep running the good race!

#3  Posted by Pat Peterson  |  Tuesday, November 13, 2012at 5:54 PM

So encouraging to read your sermon about elections and so forth. I totally agree and feel so refreshed to read that there are still pastors out there preaching the truth. Thank you so much for being faithful. I have listened to you over the last 50 years, beginning by attending a seminar you taught in Phoenix in the 60's. You have not been compromising on any of the issues facing our society today. God Bless!

#4  Posted by Adaeze Agada  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 6:17 AM

I have noticed a sharpened hostility toward anything pertaining to God. It's as if no one wants to hear the truth anymore, repulsed and immediately turned off by anything associated with morality. I was not surprised by the Presidents win, but I am surprised at how fast everything is sliding downward. I didn't think it would come so soon. The passing of gay marriage in more states, legalization of marijuana, etc. They are now talking about marijuana tours. It has become so weird. I will be living in either New York or California next year for school, and coming from Texas, the so called bible belt, I am concerned about the hostility I will face when trying to tell people about the gospel, It's hard enough here, I can just imagine elsewhere. I am afraid of being an outcast away from home. The world just seems so hostile, and it can be a bit lonely at times, when you cannot find people who know and love God and the truth. But I guess it serves as a reminder that this world is not my home. Thank God for pastors like John, I find comfort in the word of God, listening to sermons he preached years before I was born, I am so grateful for his dedication to the truth. His congregation is blessed to have him as a leader, one day I hope to visit and worship with a group of wonderful believers. God bless you all.

#6  Posted by Mark Tanner  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 6:44 AM

Hello everyone and please keep me in your prayers - see yesterdays blog posts for specifics.

I knew that pastor John would hit the nail on the head. The phrase I have often heard him use "the darker the night, then the brighter the Light" is so true and also very comforting.

The Word has spoken and we can take comfort found in Romans 5:19-21 and in verse 20 it confirms what Pastor MacArthur referred to about the darkness (evil/sin) and the (light/grace of God) and this is quoted from the NAS: "The Law came in so that the transgression would increase ; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, and verse 20 (NAS) adds this great truth that should settle all of our anxieties (easier said than done) - verse 21 "so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. "

I want to thank those who have and continue to pray for me and my family as I continue in God's word to overcome the anxieties/depression that I suffer and the impact on my Christian testimony, my godly wife and wonderful children.

I do not want to bring reproach on the Lord by allowing anxieties from chronic pain, meds, and OCD to rule, but rather forgive myself and look at what I can do as opposed to what I can no longer do. For the Lord is gracious and He has a purpose for all this and therefore I must trust Him fully and pray that I live by the words to which I have spoken before all of you - please pray.

Final thought which I mentioned yesterday or the day before; we need to give as the Lord puts on our hearts to do so, but be diligent about who is truly reaching people for Christ. Some of you may not be aware of this, but you can give to support GTY and now my children are learning how to discern and are desiring to give from their hearts as I always remind them that you should only give with a cheerful heart out of the Love that flows for Christ and the lost. To see a person as a soul that is either lost or rejoice in one that is saved, but not to look at the evil so much.

When you see people as souls, regardless of their demeanor, then you are set free to love even when they hate. That is cause for rejoicing and help relieve the anxiety caused by the evil we see that surrounds our everyday lives.

Again I plead with God's people to continue to pray for me; I want God to continually reign in my words, thoughts and actions and not pain and anxiety, which only leads to a poor Christian testimony.

Thank you and thank you administrators for your work and may God richly bless you in all things, both great and small! Thanks!

#8  Posted by Mary Elizabeth Palshan  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 9:58 AM

The failure of government(s) worldwide sends a very strong message-- by God Himself: that only one King rules and can rule judiciously and righteously. When all the props of human ingenuity, resourcefulness, and wisdom fall like dominoes around us, and when all our footholds become like sand beneath our feet-- people, hopefully, will look for hope where hope resides. And Jesus is more than just a pillar or a prop; He is eternal life itself. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent (John 17:3).” ´

These are wonderful thoughts by John MacArthur as usual. I love this blog!!!

#9  Posted by Richard Dyer  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 12:43 PM

As I mentioned to you on Sunday morning, I was looking for some encouragement after a depressing Tuesday night. You provided it by causing me to refocus on the mission. As you said in the book, government can't save, only Jesus Christ--one heart at a time. Thanks for another convicting reminder of the necessity of sharing the Gospel. May God continue to richly bless the ministry of Grace Community Church as He builds His kingdom.

#11  Posted by Tonya Dixon  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 4:17 PM

Thanks Pastor John, for always giving us the truth of God's Word, no matter what.

#12  Posted by Bryan Leed  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 5:36 PM

John MacArthur is right again. I am one of those Christians who has given up on donating to conservative politicians because it is obvious that the USA is not going back to sanity, it has explicitly voted to increase the insanity of the last four years, in all directions. MacArthur's message is great in that it includes the quote about voters voting for their own freebies from the public treasury. I did not realize that this was part of the Fallen nature of mankind, but I should have. Those who reject the wisdom of God love death, even their own self-destruction. We are Christians first, Americans second, whether we live in a free country or in a communist country that kills Christians. Let God sort us out for His glory, amen!

#13  Posted by Hanna Morton  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 6:44 PM

Thanks Pastor MacArthur!!! As the bible says in the end times, God gives them over to degrading thinking and behaviors...As Romans 1:24-32 says...And notice in verse 32 ...That they give others a hearty approval ...As our country votes, you can see who they want ...A President, like Barack Obama, who is for abortion, gay marriage, immoral livimg, and goverment hand outs. I myself was very discouraged about this Election...But I realized God's advancement of His Kingdom is something to keep reminding us to look forward to!

#14  Posted by Willie Rosario  |  Wednesday, November 14, 2012at 7:29 PM

Amen, brother. The solutions to America's problems begin at the pulpit. There is no amount of political reform or legislation that can solve the problem of a sinful heart. America made its mind long ago to forgo the principles in which it was founded. As we get rid of prayer in schools, tear down crosses and ten commandments from public places, exalt sexuality, promote sinful views of family, marriage, and life, and indulge, support, and appease anti-Biblical religions, God takes notice. Pastor MacArthur is right on. We are under God's judgement and wrath. It could very well be that God could use what America worships and prides itself on (our Constitution and our government) to destroy itself. We must continue to preach Christ and Christ crucified.

#16  Posted by Larry Fischer  |  Thursday, November 15, 2012at 6:53 AM

None of the Christian speakers to which I've spoken have heard of the Christian/Political interface contained in: Political Sermons of the American Founding Era--Liberty Fund. The big name preachers engaged God's word into politics. They basically wrote the concepts of the U.S. Constitution. Folks, America and Israel were founded on God's word and it is more the prayer and meeting together. It is action in ALL areas of God's creation including politics. We've lost the education system; we've lost prayer in schools; we are struggling with abortion. It should not be that way. We work until we win. Sloth and slumber is a sin.

PS: we do not live in a Democracy; by purposeful design we are supposed to have a Republic--most Christians do not know the difference. We are asleep while the enemy marches.

#18  Posted by Kim Eriksen  |  Thursday, November 15, 2012at 7:07 AM

listened to this yesterday thank you brother John for your wisdom..i hope this will be put in writing would like to copy and read and use it as a witness...i believe our Lord is coming soon..keep looking up..looking for that blessed hope and the appearing of my great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave himself for me to redeem me from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.Titus 2:14

#21  Posted by Tammy Stortz  |  Thursday, November 15, 2012at 7:55 PM

I just love John. I call him "johnny Mac"! He never holds back and it is so refreshing. I have been listening to 2 sometimes 3 sermons per day. I cannot get enough.

The day after the election, I moped around and thought that the sky was falling. It got me to listen to sermons about God putting rulers in positions and for whatever reason, He chose to leave this ruler in. Now I tell people who are discouraged, and believe me there are a lot of them, that God is not up in Heaven wringing His Mighty hands over Obama. I believe it is for this time in Bible Prophesy that Obama is our president. I see what is going on in Israel and believe we are nearing the return of our Lord and Savior Amen!

I was fearing losing our 401k, job and house. Then I realized that my God is much bigger than any fear that I may have. I have put my trust completely in God. Now mine and my husbands focus is on sharing the gospel with as many people that will listen. Look up people, are redemption draweth nigh.

Thank you John for being a light in this dark world.

#22  Posted by Nancy Carpenter  |  Sunday, November 18, 2012at 7:06 PM

Thnak you for that encouraging word that I so needed to hear. It greatly helped me to put things in perspective.

#23  Posted by Jacqueline Morrison  |  Sunday, November 18, 2012at 8:15 PM

Pastor John I need to ask for you forgiveness. I was looking at my views and not our Father's truths. I thank you for all you have said, and done without being shaken. Thank you for being a light in a dark world.

Thank you