Yesterday, I posted a critique of John MacArthur’s recent statement about the election. It’s only fair that I point out something helpful and true that he’s said about how Americans support a president.
Tonight I read his sermon, “The Destructive Sin of Lying, Part 1,” which he preached on September 20, 1998. He made several good points about a society that tolerates wickedness and supports politicians known for their lack of moral integrity.
…we know that the people who practice sins that violate God will experience, as Scripture says, His judgment. We know that. What are the things they practice? Go back to verse 29. Unrighteousness, that’s sort of the general term, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness. They are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful.
All those kinds of things, the people who do those things – we know what the Bible says as a society. We know that those are violations of God’s law. We know God’s law because we have had the Word of God as a part of this nation for many years, since its inception. We know that the Bible promises judgment and that that judgment is death. We know that. So we are the society – verse 32 – who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same – even though we know all of that, we ignore it all, and we do all those things.
Then notice this, and we also approve of those who – what? – who practice them. I’m not surprised that the president’s approval rating is so high because the people who approve of what he does are the people who do what he does. And that’s largely the way our nation is. That approval rating is tantamount to the percentage of Americans who do what he does. That’s what we have. If we have a 62 percent approval rate, then 60 percent of Americans approve of that because they practice those things. Lying, deception, fornication, adultery – whatever. We shouldn’t be surprised, that’s us.
That’s insightful and important—the one who approves of a candidate approves of what he does because that’s the kind of person they are.
MacArthur goes on to state:
When I was being interviewed by ABC television the other day, the reporter said to me, you know, “What is your attitude toward the president?” And I said, “Well, I don’t think he should be the president. I think he has breached every position of dignity and integrity that that office would call for.” But I said secondly, “I pray for his salvation. I pray for him to come to a true knowledge of the true and living God through Christ.” He said, “Well, do you believe that he’s genuinely repentant?” I said, “No, I don’t. Because you’re not saying you’re repentant over here while across town your lawyers are writing a 75-five page paper denying you did anything.”
You say, “Well, what would indicate to you true repentance?” A falling on his face before God, a crying out for mercy, and an immediate confession of sin and deception before God, and then he would turn and say, “I’m not worthy to be in this role, and I step down.” That would indicate to me that there was really a God-wrought work in his heart because he would understand, as Jesus said to those Pharisees, “Show me the fruit of repentance.” And there’s probably a lot more than that.
But this is the time we’re in. We are in a time when Satan is flourishing in this nation. God has stepped back. And I really believe he is Satan’s man, he’s the man who fits the time. There are many antichrists in the world, and this is one, who feigns a faith in Jesus Christ that is not real. Who appears as a peacemaker, who appears as a great leader who can win the confidence of people, but underneath is a deceiver. This is an antichrist-type person.
Another important insight—we should not support as president a man who has “breached every position of dignity and integrity that that office would call for.” A man who has not cried out for mercy and demonstrated true repentance, who “who feigns a faith in Jesus Christ that is not real. Who appears as a peacemaker, who appears as a great leader who can win the confidence of people, but underneath is a deceiver. This is an antichrist-type person.”
Well stated, John. Thank you.