Slave by John MacArthur: A Book Review

I recently finished Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity In Christ by John MacArthur.  This is a short review of the book for Booksneeze, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers that gives books to bloggers for free in exchange for a review.  If you like to read and you are a blogger, you should check it out.  If you like to read and aren’t a blogger, maybe you should consider blogging so you can get free books!

What does it mean to be a Christian?  MacArthur says it in one word: SLAVE.  That’s right, he said it.  MacArthur faces the dirty word head on from a Biblical perspective of our relationship with Jesus Christ.  In doing so, he erases the stigmitism attached with the word for anyone living in our day and age and displays the beauty of our relationship with the One who has set us free from the cruel task master and made us His possession.

While I do not agree with all of MacArthurs theology (i.e. eternal security), I found a lot of good meat in this book.  I appreciate that MacArthur leans heavily on Scripture and draws a lot from voices in church history.  Pick it up here and give it a read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


3 thoughts on “Slave by John MacArthur: A Book Review

  1. This is by one of the most profound and life-altering books I’ve ever read in my life. Thank you for the summary. The key point is understanding the relationship with slave/master. We were bought with a hefty price – the very blood of Christ. What is amazing is how we find true freedom in slavery in Christ. That’s amazing. Here’s another post that complements yours. Thank you!

  2. May I suggest you research the endnotes in SLAVE? They are important because nearly all of these references lead to heretical works of modernist and postmodern scholars who deny the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Some of these “scholars” are in fact rabidly anti-Christian, and their works, which Macarthur recommends as authoritative, are filled with slander and blasphemy of the Lord Jesus Christ. One homosexual scholar cited by Macarthur wrote a blasphemous book which attempts to prove that Jesus was a homosexual. (Sex and the Single Savior) Other liberal scholars quoted by Macarthur claim that Christians in the early Church, including the Apostles, not only condoned the institution of slavery but were abusive and immoral slave owners and slave traders just like Roman slave owners/traders. For documentation, read this critical review:


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