This book helped me identify the line drawn between the loving God and the disciplinarian. Some people focus too narrowly on the God of love and tolerate just about any behavior under the sun under the true (but misguided) premise that we should be less aggressive, less preachy, and more tolerant. Others focus on the God who harshly calls out people whose behavior is less-than-godly. MacArthur deftly takes us through Scripture to understand the not-so-meek and mild Jesus who candidly declared truth without apology. We learn when it’s wrong to be “nice,”and when we should fight the good and right fight.
MacArthur also makes it clear that not every conversation is an occasion for open combat. He gives us many Bible verses to help us back up our own boldness as we step out and “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3).
Five stars. For sure.
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