Thursday, February 23, 2012

Open Letter to Certain Critics

Open Letter to those who disagree and criticize John MacArthur for Publishing a MacArthur Study Bible using the New International Version translation (NIV)

This is my first ever open letter to anyone. Well, maybe it isn't a letter, it's more like a note. 

Well, maybe it isn't it a note, it's more like a paragraph. 

That's it, my first ever open paragraph!

For the record I do not like the NIV anymore than you do. However, who are you to criticize, condemn, or charge MacArthur with improper motives? So, I say to you:

When you pastor a single church for over 40 years, serve as an exemplary president of a bible college and seminary, teach the word of God expositionally for over 40 years, raise 4 children who love and serve the Lord, and maintain a pure and devoted marriage, without a hint of scandal, then you can do the following two things:

1) Criticize him

2)  Publish your own Study Bible using the translation of your choice 

Sincerely Yours,

Gregg Metcalf
Kelso, WA


todayithink said...

Right on! Could be applied to many scenarios.

Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") said...

First time commenting here since I just discovered your online ministry forHis glory, honor, and praise. Loved this 'open paragraph'! Well stated.

In Christ,

Petra said...

This is the first open letter ever that I actually like. Keep up the good work! :-)

Arlee Bird said...

I can go with that. I like the NIV and I think it serves a purpose. Your reasoning here is good.

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Leslie Wolf said...

Agreed. I am no fan of the NIV. I don't really care for the ESV or the KJV either. But pastors and lay believers have many different reasons for using the Bibles they do, and no translation is perfect. It's silly to question someone's Christian faith over his/her choice of a Bible.

Diane said...

I agree with Petra.

Susan said...

Good point, Gregg. Btw, I've been to MacArthur's church in California. It's huge! He also has a tape lending library on site where anyone can check out his previous sermons. His heart is for others to know and grow to love the Lord, and our goal should always be that first and foremost as well. :)