John MacArthur: “Jesus does not presently exercise His full divine will over the earth.”
Christ is Lord of the earth in the sense of His being its Creator and its ultimate Ruler; but He does not presently exercise His full divine will over the earth. – John MacArthur
All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” – Daniel 4:35 (ESV)
I cannot see how any Christian can deny, in any way whatsoever, that Jesus Christ, fully God, King of kings, Lord of lords, the blessed and only Sovereign, He who upholds the universe by the word of His power (Hebrews. 1:3) and to whom has been given ALL authority not only in heaven but also on earth (Matthew 28:18) – all things, everything, in heaven and earth, was created for Him, by Him and through Him (Colossians 1:16) has somehow been thwarted, in any way, for whatever reason, from exercising His full divine will over the earth…. but John MacArthur does.
Not only is this man teaching two ways of salvation, one for the present and another for after the second advent of Christ, but as you will see clearly in his own words below, he also seems to deny the Lords sovereignty in the administration and operation of this world.
God’s kingly rule over the hearts of men and over the world may be thought of as having a number of phases. The first is the prophesied kingdom, such as that foretold by Daniel. The second phase is the present kingdom, the one that existed at the time of John the Baptist and that he mentions. It is the kingdom that both John and Jesus spoke of as being at hand (cf. 4:17). The third phase may be referred to as the interim kingdom, the kingdom that resulted because of Israel’s rejection of her King. The King returned to heaven and His kingdom on earth now exists only in a mystery form. Christ is Lord of the earth in the sense of His being its Creator and its ultimate Ruler; but He does not presently exercise His full divine will over the earth. He is, so to speak, in a voluntary exile in heaven until it is time for Him to return again. He reigns only in the hearts of those who know Him as Savior and Lord. (emphasis mine) – John MacArthur, quoted from The Kingdom of Heaven
Well this man has lied. The audacity of this man is mind boggling – but the teaching is what I stand so strongly against. We must remember, that he is not the only one who teaches such things. All dispensationalists teach this lie. MacArthur just happens to be the most visible and influential.
Clearly, MacArthur is speaking of the extent of Christ’ current reign. He is not speaking of Jesus exercising His divine will in judgment against sinners – that is nowhere to be found in the quote. Judgment is not the context.
First of all, look again (carefully) at what he says again:
Christ is Lord of the earth in the sense of His being its Creator and its ultimate Ruler; but He does not presently exercise His full divine will over the earth. He is, so to speak, in a voluntary exile in heaven until it is time for Him to return again. He reigns only in the hearts of those who know Him as Savior and Lord. (emphasis mine).
Just look at two points alone:
He says: Jesus is Lord but not presently exercising His full divine will over the earth. So there is some portion or aspect of this earth which He is not controlling? Is that what Scripture teaches us? Of course not.
He says: Jesus is in a voluntary exile. Really? He voluntarily expelled Himself from His home or country? Nonsense. His home was heaven, in all His glory. He left heaven to redeem His elect and then ascended again. This earth is not his ‘home’ – but it is fully under His command.
John MacArthur has made his assault on the sovereignty of Christ in the quote above, and this is not the first, and I doubt it will be the last.
Again, premillennial dispensationalism is a heresy of the worst sort plaguing much of evangelicalism today. It is Christ dishonoring and contrary to the written Word of God.
Brethren, this teaching that Jesus Christ our Lord is not exercising His full divine will upon the earth, is an assault on the Lord of glory – and you should not be silent about it. MacArthur has been making this ‘mistake’ for decades.
Please, wake up.
I recall preaching something on this…..