TLDR: John MacArthur is head of a tax exempt charity, where his family members get a say in his salary and how this “charity” is operated. Nepotism and the running of charities is highly unethical, but not illegal. However, one of his sons got caught up in extremely unethical and illegal behavior. He is now charged by one of the SEC’s most experienced attorneys.
Php 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
Php 1:16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
Php 1:17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
After doing a lot of digging interesting “new Calvinism,” and John MacArthur after discovering he believes one can take the mark of the beast and be saved (in direct contradiction of the prophesy of revelation). Note: link provides relevant scriptural passages and the script of the Q&A in question, but I have not vetted the website/author- it’s the first link available.
I recently discovered that the son of John MacArthur, and a board member of his ministry Grace To You, was charged by the Securities and Exchange commission for fraud back in February. I briefly discussed and linked to several of the source articles in my last post (can’t link right now).
Mark MacArthur is accused of defrauding his investment firms clients of over $16,000,000. The other defendant was a personal friend of Mark going back to their time at … The Master’s University. They must have learned ethics from John MacArthur.
The federal agency announced earlier this month that MacArthur, 52, his Criterion Management Insurance Services, Inc., as well as then co-owner Robert Gravette, allegedly breached their fiduciary duty and defrauded their advisory clients by failing to disclose significant financial conflicts of interest when recommending investments in private real estate investment funds.https://www.christianpost.com/news/sec-charges-john-macarthurs-son-with-defrauding-investment-firm-clients.html
MacArthurs sons serve on the board of his “non profit, charitable” ministry. So much for nepotism. As board members, they are supposed to act in the best interest of the entity. With a board of a charity made up of family members, it would seem that the MacArthur’s are susceptible to confusing their family with their ministry.
John MacArthur’s son in law makes hundreds of thousands each year from the ministry as well. Meanwhile, MacArthur takes in around $250,000 from GTY alone. He gets another 6 figure salary from his college/seminary, plus his salary from his church. I do not know how his book royalties, conference appearances, or YouTube royalties work, so that is possible additional income.
Would you trust a pastor who uses the name of Christ for personal profit and enrichment? There is receiving earned wages, and then there is grift.
When does it become acceptable to turn a ministry into a family enterprise? Would you trust a three generation pastoring family that has multiple ancestors who were also pastors? I wouldn’t, based on experience. Every time I have met or heard of a second generation pastor, I have always seen dysfunction and apostasy take place by one or both of the family members.
There are no second generation Christians (the Presbyterian notion of covenant children in the New Testament is deeply heretical and denies the gospel at a fundamental level. Those who teach that doctrine are not in the faith). Each generation has to be witnessed to. Family ministries ought to be held in suspicion. (If you are triggered by this, look up how RC sproul jr was kicked out of his church, and for what reasons. And then look up all the scandals he committed while employed by his father).
Phil Johnson should be met with suspicion too, as he has numerous postings and sources of incomes, and may as well be an adopted child of MacArthur. His name is all over the corporate filings of GTY, and he is the gatekeeper for access to MacArthur. He may be the most evil person of all in the ministry, as he protects John from biblical rebuke, and covers his transgressions (failing his duties and responsibilities as an elder).
I hope this wakes at least one person up about who the MacArthurs really are, and I hope that a movement to shed light on this very questionable ministry begins. I say this as someone who has spent years listening to and reading MacArthur, and attending churches pastored by TMS graduates and personal friends of John and Phil.
PS: prosecutors have high rates of success for a reason – they don’t waste time on questionable cases. Feds waste even less time.
SEC press release on charges
Note: MacArthur paid his son in law $5+ million over 7 years for “media production.”