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Fool's Gold?: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error

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In an age of open-mindedness, many believers accept too much with too little discernment, resulting in great confusion and compromise. But God's Word makes it clear that not everything that glitters is gold. False teaching is at every turn, and the temptation to embrace it is great. As God's people we are called to sift through the overwhelming number of tradition
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Published February 21st 2005 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mar 07, 2014 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
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Just like fool's gold can be more appealing than the real thing, false teaching is as well. John MacArthur is one of the few solid teachers out there and I am always amazed in reading reviews of his other books, many without sound scripture to back them up, always trash his teaching. We live in an age where we live in fantasy more than in reality. One thing about truth is that it never changes. It is the same in every culture and in every time and we must always remember that is the weapon that ...more
Lynn Joshua
Sep 14, 2013 Lynn Joshua rated it liked it

This is really a book on Christian discernment - discerning what is going on within our own evangelical community. It is a collection of essays by MacArthur and some of the staff of Grace Community Church. Current fads are held up to the light of scripture, and the authors of the essays are very respectful to those they disagree with. Among the topics are:

The Purpose-Driven Life - He does not bash Warren, but demonstrates some of his weak theological foundations.

Wild At Heart -John Eldredge

Mandy J. Hoffman
Apr 04, 2011 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it it was amazing
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I really appreciate this book and how it explains and exposes recent movements and fades within the church based on the standard of the Bible. Each chapter is a short, yet thorough, explanation of a particular topic or trend and each one is written by a different man.

I personally enjoyed this book because I don't have the time nor attention span to read an entire book about each of the topics enclosed between it's cover. However, each of the issues it addresses are ones that I need to
Jun 24, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing
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I liked it's title, because it did a very good job of discerning by using the Word of God. I especially liked chapter 3 and agree to the exposure of 'The Purpose-Driven Life'. I have always been suspicious of the book put out by Rick Warren, and I feel that Nathan Busenitz did an excellent job of exposing it to public. I also liked chapter 7 concerning worship music. It really made me aware of the danger with our 'Christian' music used in the churches today, and how it should be a subject of ...more
Oct 24, 2016 Samuel rated it liked it
Some chapters are standard, solid critiques; some are more shotgun-style broadsides where the author should know better.
Aug 27, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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In an age of open-mindedness, many believers accept too much with too little discernment, resulting in great confusion and compromise. But God's Word makes it clear that not everything that glitters is gold. False teaching is at every turn, and the temptation to embrace it is great. As God's people we are called to sift through the overwhelming number of traditions and trends and use the truth of Scripture to determine which are the true treasures--and which are "
I didn't really get this from the library. A friend loaned it to my wife, she read it, and then I read it. Now it's on the way back to said friend.

I'm glad I didn't pay any money for it, but it's an okay read when you're not paying anything. My main complaint is this: many of the arguments by the various writers aren't very good. Some make no sense. Some are contradictory. Some are plain wrong.

An example: In discussing Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life, the author contends that Moses didn't re
Christopher Colegrove
Jul 03, 2013 Christopher Colegrove rated it it was amazing
Fool's Gold, a book containing a series of excellent articles on discerning truth from error in all its subtle forms, is an amazing read that tackles everything from trends in worship music and discernment in the 'christian' bookstore, to consumerism and the tendency to be too focused on the politics of this world as opposed to the Gospel. A great read!! John MacArthur, the general editor and author of a few of the articles contained within, is always an excellent writer and speaker on this ...more
Ilona Semenyuk
Jan 20, 2015 Ilona Semenyuk rated it it was amazing
This book was very informative and difficult to read. Even though it was challenging, It was very detailed educational. The author did a very good job on describing the false teachers of this age and bringing examples ans sources. I recommend this book for those that like to challenge themselves and read something heavier then they are used to. This author is also very straight up and says what he thinks and I really enjoyed reading something new to me and consider reading it again.
Dec 07, 2009 Lawrence rated it really liked it
This book is written by various authors examining and exposing the error of popular evangelical trends and books in America: The Purpose Driven Life, Wild at Heart, altar calls, contemporary worship, substituting evangalism with political clout...some controversial stuff, no doubt, but challenges readers to examine things in light of what the Bible has to say, rather than how much money is made at the bookstore.
Nov 30, 2008 Craig added it
MacArthur and his compadres dissect lots of Christian books and trends. You might not agree with everything they say, but you will become more aware of being discerning about stuff, even "Christian stuff." And that's the goal of the book.
Jul 08, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
While I don't agree with some of the things presented in this book, for the most part I find the reminder to practice Biblical discernment so important. American Christians don't know the Word of God well enough to defend it when it is attacked from "within."
Chris Bloom
Nov 16, 2010 Chris Bloom rated it really liked it
For an assigned book in a ministries class, this was a pretty good one. While I can't go along with MacArthur's Reformed theology, I always enjoy reading his work and learn a great deal. This one isn't perfect, but it is very good.
Apr 26, 2010 Kelli rated it liked it
I read this book for a Theology class. I found that MacArthur's concepts lead to great discussions and were the cause of deep thought into what he wrote about.
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A good challenge to the seeker-sensitive church model.
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John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and ...more
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“Music in the church ought to be much more than an emotional stimulant. In fact, this means music and preaching should have the same aim. Both properly pertain to the proclamation of God's Word. Preaching is properly seen as an aspect of or worship. And conversely, music is properly seen as an aspect of the ministry of the Word, just like preaching. Therefore the songwriter ought to be skilled in Scripture and as concerned for theological precision as the preacher. Even more so, because the songs he writes are likely to be sung again and again (unlike a sermon that is preached only once).” 1 likes
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