When California announced churches need to keep social distancing, and shut down, John MacArthur came out and said “no, we will remain open, hear me roar.” What is interesting is that two years ago he held conferences about obeying police, civil authorities, and claimed the American Revolution was sinful disobedience against the will of God.
As the only opponents to him are left wing baptists, the evangellyfish/right wing is now making MacArthur out to be a hero. He is their new idol. He is Mr. Conservative Christian they will blindly follow. (More on this down below).
MacArthur is no hero.
He is a multi-millionaire mega-church pastor who keeps an iron grip on three religious institutions, and abuses federal tax-exempt laws to funnel donor money to himself and his family members.
In the last 10 years, he has made over $1,385,051 from Grace To You ministries (EIN 95-3846510). Actually, he made that much in only 5 years, as the last 5 years of 990’s for Grace to You are not available/have not been reported to the IRS. We know he makes an additional $40,000-70,000 a year from entities “related to” The Masters University and Seminary (EIN 95-6001907). I could only find one 990 related to MacArthur’s personal indoctrination seminary, so who knows the real numbers.
His permanent sidekick and gate keeper, Phil Johnson, managed a meager $1,108,000+ in those five years. We dont know how much both make from Grace Community Church.
We dont know how they get speaking/appearance fees either. For men who proclaim to be elders in the church, they ensure their lives are cast with shadows. Hopefully some faithful remnant at GCC can shed light on this darkness.
MacArthur’s personal ministry is a family operation. Two of his sons sit on the board, and decide his salary. They also give out very generous contracts to companies owned by their in-laws. Those family members make approximately $5,000,000 every 7 years.
What could possibly go wrong with such an arrangement? Try Masters Seminary graduates, one of whom being MacArthur’s son and fellow board member, using Grace Community Church connections, to create an investment firm that defrauded investors millions. They are now being sued by one of the most experienced Securities and Exchange Commission attorneys in the country. The case is open and shut – what matters is whats on the documents and communications. Mark MacArthur and friends failed to disclose mandatory conflicts, and reveal their kickback schemes.
The SEC’s complaint alleges that from 2014 to 2017 the defendants recommended that their advisory clients invest more than $16 million in four private real estate investment funds without disclosing that the fund managers had paid them more than $1 million, which was on top of the fees that defendants were already charging their clients directly. The complaint further alleges the defendants were incentivized to keep their clients invested in the funds, rather than allocate their capital elsewhere, because the additional side compensation was recurring and depended on Criterion’s clients remaining invested. For two of the funds, this undisclosed compensation arrangement resulted in reduced investment returns for the defendants’ advisory clients.
SEC Press Release
Many liberal baptists have come out against MacArthur’s moves, to which sad-face macarthur plays victim. “He has no friends,” now. He has never had any friends. He has had fellow millionaire pastors who were in on his conference/influence schemes. They all got along great until they started diverging from MacArthur when the Dallas Statement was written.
And then Mr. Faith MacArthur kept on giving the stage to people who disagreed with him on what he described were essential tenets of the christian faith.
Controversies of John Macarthur
- His gospel presentation on Ben Shapiro’s show drew a lot of criticism
- His unbiblical claim that one can take the mark of the beast and still be saved (contradicting clear scripture). This alone is doctrinal error severe enough to condemn him and his ministry.
- the “lordship salvation” controversy that launched his ministry. Many accuse it of being a vehicle to promote works based righteousness in the name of grace.
- Making the Dallas Statement, saying that those who disagree were in error, and then hosting opponents on his own stage, and failing to rebuke them. (See past few years of Shepherd’s conferences). He regularly sets up straw men to fight (typical of many calvinists), see his Strange Fire conference and book.
- literally failing to rebuke all in his circle who drift into error.
- claims about being at MLK’s death scene with prominent civil rights leaders – that have been denied by everyone else in attendance
- unfounded claims about being an NFL prospect, with all available evidence proving his timeline doesn’t match reality.
- For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. 2 Cor
- Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gallc of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me. Acts 8
- No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
- Jude 1:11: Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of korah.
- 1 Tim 6:10: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
- And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves. And said unto them, It is written, ‘My house shall be called the house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 21.
- But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. … Acts 5.