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The Jesus You Can't Ignore: What You Must Learn from the Bold Confrontations of Christ

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Best-selling author John MacArthur gives readers a fresh look at how Jesus addressed attacks against the truth.

Meek and mild. Politically correct. A great teacher. These are the popular depictions of Jesus. But they aren't the complete picture. Maybe because it's uncomfortable, or maybe because it's inconvenient, Christians and non-Christians alike are overlooking the fie
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published July 27th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Natalie Vellacott
Great book that addresses the issue of how the contemporary church should deal with errors in doctrine/false teachers in their midst.

MacArthur clearly documents Jesus' interactions with the Pharisees and other religious leaders and demonstrates that tolerance/appeasement was not, and is not, an acceptable response. He proves that all Christians have a duty to confront biblical error as Jesus did, and that being a peace-maker/working in partnership with these people is not a wise course of action
Victor *True Unagi Master*
If you had asked me to describe Jesus prior to reading this book, I would have answered merciful, without sin, loving - pretty much how I think a lot of Christians would describe him. If you asked me if He ever got angry, I would have said, "Well, there was this one time where He overturned some tables in a temple but He was usually calm, peaceful."

Then I read The Jesus You Can't Ignore: What You Must Learn from the Bold Confrontations of Christ by John F. MacArthur Jr. and realized that Jesus t
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
How do you handle people you disagree with?

An honest answer would be "it depends." If it's a trivial issue, then often you ignore it. Othertimes you negotiate, or acquiesce. We often hear that the wisest and most productive path is to find common ground, to engage, to dialogue, to fully understand the other person so that they will try to fully understand you.

But what do you do when the issue concerns God, concerns worldview or religion? Many Christians would say the path of gentle dialogue is
Brian Eshleman
Forceful reminder that Jesus is far from only meek and mild. MacArthur uses extensive biblical passages to show that Jesus is more assertive than passive and in fact provokes confrontations with those most opposed to His actual mission -- the religiously comfortable.

Whether this book changes you will depend upon which side of the confrontational horse you fall off on. If you feel safest being passive and use your portrait of Jesus as an excuse, watch out. But if you, as I suspect is the case wi
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I have never studied the righteous anger side of Jesus, because frankly it is scary to think of the Lord being angry. But it was definitely worth looking at, as it gave me a more in-depth look at his ministry. What I didn't enjoy about the book were the author's strongly worded opinions, because I didn't agree with them. Overall though, it did help my knowledge of Jesus grow. ...more
Margaret Roberts
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical
Looking at the bold confrontations of Jesus against the Pharisees and scribes, MacArthur shows Jesus wasn't necessarily "meek and mild" and when it comes to hypocrisy and false doctrine in our churches, neither should we be. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-200-reads
For some odd reason, I didn't initially finish reading this book, a book I started a couple of years ago. I realized earlier this month that I had started the book, read a couple of pages, then it has sat on my shelves for a couple of years. So I dove in to read through this book. Oh, I am so grateful that I did.

The world we live in is loaded with false religions. Christianity itself is inundated with so much false teaching, watered down gospel messages, etc. In an effort to appease the natural
Rachel Grepke
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. Well written, excellent explanations and Biblical insight. I appreciate how well he put you in the thick of the action and his honest potrayl of the leagalisticness of the day. This was the second of his works I have read and just as good.
What would you think if you were told,”Harsh words are not always inappropiate. Unpleasant and unwelcome truths sometimes need to be voiced. False relgions always needs to be answered. Love may cover a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), but the gross hypocrisy of false teachers desperately needs to be uncovered-lest our silence faciliate and perpetuate a damning delusion. The truth is not always “nice.” (John MacArthur, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, pg. 171)

Probrably for many, react with that is so
Matt Witten
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite that I've read from MacArthur. Steeped in scripture, and typical of MacArthur's other efforts, a discerning look at who Jesus is, regardless of what culture may try to define him as. ...more
Eva Nieves
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
DNF at 50%
It was a detailed description of the scriptures, not a teaching of Jesus and the characters around him.
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2020
Jesus was full of Grace and Truth at the same time.
Regular Joe
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book has a intriguing title. One that I'm sure will draw both the interested and many who are just curious. Written by Pastor John MacArthur, this new book entitled "The Jesus You Can't Ignore" seems to pick up where one of his previous books, "The Truth Was" left off. Only this one has what could be called a "how-to" book style. The subtitle bears this out--"What You Must Learn From the Bold Confrontations of Christ."

I found the Prologue and Introduction to be essential to understanding th
LaRosa Jr.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Published a few years ago, I’m finally getting around to finishing John MacArthur’s book The Jesus You Can’t Ignore. I’ve owned the book since it was published in 2009, but it’s through no fault of the book or its content that it took me so long to read it. Instead, you can chalk that up to my own distraction & disinterest in reading physical books of late. That being said, now that I have finished the book, it was well worth the read and I want to share some of my thoughts on it.

With a title li
Todd Stockslager
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
This ain't yer Sunday School Jesus

MacArthur attacks the notion that Jesus was always the soft, meek, and mild Teacher we learned about as children and who is the face of evangelic Christianity today. MacArthur, a widely-read and respected Christian author and pastor, mines the four New Testament gospels for events from Jesus' life when he confronted sinners with strong words.

MacArthur first spends time making clear that he is not calling for belligerent Christians to hector passers-by on the str
Orville Jenkins
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
MacArthur has some good points in this study. But I found this to be as frustrating as other works of his. He is well-intentioned and can provide some good insights as he goes through the topic. But his writing is formulary and simplistic. And I am troubled by the way he treats scripture.

Taking the topical approach he is so good at and so well-known for, MacArthur pulls passages into the service of his ideological stances. The definitions he gives at times for words in focus seem arbitrary and a
Jared Totten
I have long respected John MacArthur for his passion for God's sovereignty, his devotion to biblical studies, and his love for the truth. His tenacity for the truth, however, became a repeated Achilles' heel in this book.

I agreed with many of MacArthur's premises in The Jesus You Can't Ignore in principle: Jesus did not shy away from conflict, in fact he seems to pursue it often with the religious leaders of his day. Jesus did not soft-pedal around his points of disagreement with them. Many Chri
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Right from the beginning, MacCarthur shows through explanation, the lessons which must be learned from the ‘Bold Confrontation of Christ.’ This is noted prominently on the cover, as well as the title page.
“The Jesus You Can’t Ignore,” by John MacCarthur, is a premier explanation of God’s love for us. MacCarthur’s depiction and clear cut explanation of Jesus’ time on earth should convince even the hardest heart that He came to earth as the Savior of all mankind. I would venture to say that even
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
In The Jesus You Can't Ignore Dr. MacArthur wanted to show from scripture how that the Jesus whom some of our current-day churches have minimized to a meek and mild Messiah is not the full portrayal of Jesus. He is certainly meek and mild, but He is also confrontational and did not allow distortion of truth to get in the way of the gospel message. This is evidenced numerous times in the Gospels when He provoked the Pharisees by performing miracles in their presence or intentionally breaking Jewi ...more

A dozen years have passed since I first began reading books by John MacArthur. I have never failed to be blessed by them. This is no exception.

I shall first mention that, to be honest, it was a little less engaging and took me longer to read than a book normally does. It didn’t seem to be typical MacArthur.

The book, however, is a very good book. The subject matter is of great importance today. Evangelicals do not seem to confront evil and false doctrine much at all. The idea is that Jesus was me
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it
"I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it. Seeing that Christ went about the world giving the most violent offense to all kinds of people, it would seem absurd to expect that the doctrine of His person can be so presented as to offend nobody. We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus, meek and mild, was so stiff in His opinions and so inflammatory in His language and He was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from pla ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
The Jesus You Can’t Ignore written by John MacArthur is a spiritual journey into the often overlooked parts of Christ’s ministry. Modern Christianity has turned a little soft as time goes by. Society teaches tolerance of all things, all peoples and often time all actions. This book delves deep into the realistic approaches of Jesus and his approach to religious sinners. We all know that Jesus helped sinners, treated them with love and respect and did not shame them. He really wanted to help and ...more
Brenten Gilbert
i’m sure you’ve seen the bracelets that say WWJD for “what would Jesus do?”… they’re designed to remind people to really think about their actions and consider whether or not they’re acting in accord with what they say they believe… (the term actually stems from a book called In His Steps written in the late 19th century, but that’s a different story)… unfortunately, when considering the question at hand – or, on the wrist, so to speak – most people think the answer lies in taking the action tha ...more
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I received The Jesus You Can't Ignore (John MacArthur) awhile ago for review but it took me weeks to finish it. There is so much information packed into the book that I kept stopping to take notes or ponder what had been written.

The introduction states why this book is so important.

"Of all the things you might ever study or reflect on, nothing could possibly be greater than God. So your view of Him automatically has more far-reaching ramifications than anything else in your belief system. What
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 STARS!!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to understand and follow as it brought up certain aspects of Jesus that many would not otherwise consider. It is bubbling with scripture quotes, which helped to both keep my mind on the Bible and its truths and show me that MacArthur is not drawing his conclusions out of thin air! Each point that MacArthur covers is well thought out and fully explained to the reader, making it a very enlightening read for all ages!

Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW! WOW! WOW!� John MacArthur has summed up precisely what I’ve thought and said for awhile now, of course people listen to him!� We are so often told or hear that Jesus was a man who would have patted a sinner on the back and just excused the person’s behavior – kind of like a�’well it’s okay for you but not for me’� mentality.� I’m so glad to hear someone speak up and defend the Word of God�and say Jesus got mad – He ran the money changers our of the Temple.� He didn’t pat the adulteress and ...more
Travis Rogers
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Do you know who Jesus was? I mean do you REALLY know?

The sub-title of this book really sums it up greater than I ever could: What You Must Learn From the Bold Confontations of Christ. I can't tell you how many things I have somehow "passed over" in Scripture over and over again. They range from things that are subtle to those that stare you in the face. For instance, many view Jesus as a timid yet truthful pacifist. This couldn't be further from the truth. Really, when you boil down to it, that
Andy Mitchell
John MacArthur has a bone to pick...with seeker-sensitive congregations, with Emergent Christians, with believers who emphasize orthopraxy at the expense of orthodoxy.

However, I sense that the author has missed one important point: Jesus' strongest attacks were against the religious leaders of his day. The author himself may be railing against the specks in others' eyes while ignoring the plank in the orthodox church's eye.

Despite these misgivings, MacArthur's expositions on Jesus' hard teaching
Jun 15, 2012 added it
Who is Jesus?
You would think according to some that Jesus was soft and unable or unwilling to confront men and women with the truth because He was afraid to offend. In reality, Jesus went head to head with those religious leaders who waged war on Him. That war built to a crescendo in Matthew 23 where He gave a blistering lip beating to those leaders who would not stop until they saw Him dead. I hope those reading this review who think that because a man darns the garb of a religious man that he
Cory Howell
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was not too impressed by this book. McArthur makes his point: Christians are often so worried about causing offence, that they refuse to stand up for the truth. This can lead to a compromise in doctrine, and a capitulation to false teachers. The problem for me was how belabored the point became, and how McArthur simply kept complaining about the Pharisees. I joked when I was done with the book that it should have been called "Pharisees Is the Stupidest Folk." Over and over, McArthur criticizes ...more
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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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