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Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses Its Will to Discern

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A challenge to today's church to recover its will to discern spiritual truth and rediscover a true, heartfelt faith.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Crossway Books
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Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this is super, super important. It deals with a lot of relevant issues that Bible believing Christians today are facing. BASICALLY DISCERNMENT = SUPER IMPORTANT THESE DAYS. I loved how the author focused on The Word of God as the source of ultimate truth! But, that being said, I don't agree with John MacArthur's theology- this wasn't a theology book, so there wasn't much of it in here. But there were still hints of it, which is why I'm giving this four stars. :D
Debi Martin
I would highly recommend this book for Christians to read. Though written in the 90’s it is perhaps even more needed today. The biblical illiteracy among American Christians is appalling and has resulted in a lack of discernment. We need to get back to the Word of God!

“Authentic faith can never bypass the mind.”
“When tolerance is valued over truth, the cause of truth always suffers.”
“The times of decline in the history of the church have always been marked by an undue emphasis on toleranc
Rod Innis
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book on an important topic
Jacob Aitken
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are some books where the passion is so intense it bleeds through the pages, Macarthur's is one of them. This is the first Mac book I read and also the best one. Charismatic and liberal infidelity had stormed the ranks of my campus; my back was to the wall and my sword broken, then God raised up from the ranks John Macarthur to combat higher criticism on one front and Charismatic chaos on the other. When I read this book, my blood boiled. For I could relate to the trampling of the Word of G ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A good book pointing out the problems in the church today showing a lack of Biblical discernment.
We need to use the Word of God in battling against false teaching which appears to be growing in all denominations, including even the fundamental, evangelical movements of today. This book was printed in 1994, and now 20 years later it appears that Christians know less of what is in the Bible today than in 1994. God uses the Word of God in the churches to battle against the enemy, but it appears tha
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, excellent book about discernment, Sola Scriptura, objective truth, and the two related errors of Roman Catholicism and mysticism. Chapter 7 - "Looking for Truth in All the Wrong Places" - is an excellent resource on the sufficiency of Scripture. Quotes from Jonathan Edwards are scattered through the book along with a great essay written by Edwards in Appendix B. This book an excellent book to turn to when looking at the errors of Roman Catholicism and the Council of Trent. Highest rec ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Despite this book's somewhat dated copyright, the fact remains, that with time our Christianity continues to become more reckless. Probably even more since this book was written. That being said this book with it's solid message withstands the test of time and may even be more prevalent than ever before.
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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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“If we have no desire to be discerning, we won't be discerning. If we are driven by a yearning to be happy, healthy, affluent, prosperous, comfortable, and self-satisfied, we will never be discerning people. If our feelings determine what we believe, we cannot be discerning. If we subjugate our minds to some earthly ecclesiastical authority and blindly believe what we are told, we undermine discernment. Unless we are willing to examine all things carefully, we cannot hope to have any defense against reckless faith.” 2 likes
“Evangelicals are careful to distinguish between justification and sanctification. The distinction bust be drawn in order to make clear that it is Christ's righteousness imputed to us - not something in the "inward man" - not even an infusion of divine grace - that makes us acceptable to God.” 0 likes
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