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

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not for the hard hearted

Warning: "The Jesus You Can't Ignore" is not an easy book to read. If you're one of those Christians who preaches a spreading of the Gospel through "love," friendship and tolerance, you won't like what John MacArthur has to say. In fact, you may quickly develop a harden...
Warning: "The Jesus You Can't Ignore" is not an easy book to read. If you're one of those Christians who preaches a spreading of the Gospel through "love," friendship and tolerance, you won't like what John MacArthur has to say. In fact, you may quickly develop a hardened heart and attitude similar to that of the Pharisees that Jesus and MacArthur preach against. Regardless, I still recommend you read this book. You may not like it, but it may be something you need to hear.

MacArthur's writes to confront that part of the church that has become too tolerant in fear of conflict. While his book starts out slow, covering obvious points, it quickly becomes more intriguing. I'm sure I'm not the only one with questions about the proper way to witness to non-Christians and the proper way to stand up for what the Bible clearly says is wrong, such as homosexuality.

MacArthur draws on examples from the Gospel when Jesus confronted the Pharisees and their false teachings. Discernment is the Christian's duty, MacArthur writes, and thus we have a duty to discern when it's the right moment for righteous judgment. Jesus did not preach to please. To the contrary, he spoke the truth, even though he knew it would push many of his followers away and incite conflict with the false teachers of the day. Jesus was about truth.

It's certainly a controversial subject, but it's worth a read if you're willing to accept it rather than reject it as "judgmental." Unfortunately, MacArthur does not spend much space relating Jesus' confrontations to modern times, and that will allow skeptical readers to toss aside what MacArthur has to say. Personally, I was left wanting more. How can I apply this to how I treat my non-Christian friends? How can I apply it to how I stand up for the truths found in the Bible? I guess I'm going to have to do my own truth searching now. Hopefully, you will too.

posted by HarmoniousGlow on October 3, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

By the title of this book, I was pretty excited to see what was in the pages. However, once I started reading, I was a little bit disappointed at how difficult it was to understand. I could hardly get through the introduction because a lot of the words I didn't understa...
By the title of this book, I was pretty excited to see what was in the pages. However, once I started reading, I was a little bit disappointed at how difficult it was to understand. I could hardly get through the introduction because a lot of the words I didn't understand and had to look up in a dictionary. The idea behind the book is great and the information is wonderful, but I had a hard time getting through the book easily.

The content was good though -- a book about how Jesus isn't just the nice, passive teacher we always think of. He was often confronting people and we need to see the entire Jesus, not just the peaceful and good-natured Jesus we expect.

posted by MichelleAlbertson on July 18, 2010

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur

    In short MacArthur spends nearly 200 pages explaining why Jesus was not such a meek and mild personality, why in reality he was confrontational with some rough edges. I looked up several other reviews to see if my reaction to the book was off set. It was not. I found the book to be long and somewhat boring. Not that 200 pages are too long but the way it was written is a little dry.
    For the pastor or serious students this may be an interesting tool for preaching and biblical study but I would not recommend it for a lazy read. MacArthur's name and the title alone should stir some curiosity but the concept is not new or even unheard of. For my money Vintage Jesus by Driscoll is a better read. Enjoy.

    Complimentary copy provided by Thomas Nelson for review.

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

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    Jesus Gentle and Bod

    "Spiritual truth is not "academic" .... What you believe about God is the most important feature of your whole worldview. Look at it this way: 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 you think of God will automatically color how you think about everything else - especially how you prioritize values; how you determine right and wrong; and how you think of your own place in the universe. That in turn will surely determine how you act...."* writes John MacArthur.
    Yes, Jesus is most often remembered as a meek and humble teacher who lovingly healed the sick, calmed the fears of his followers, and turned the other cheek. The author acknowledges these attributes, however, he seems to place more value and importance on the violent and angry actions of The Son of God.
    The Jesus You Can Ignore is a detailed look at scriptures, paying special attention to the gospels and is informative and at times well-written but the book lacks balance. The author clearly and often pushes his interpretation of what is important for Christians to know. John MacArthur comes across as passionate about his beliefs, yet impatient with Christians who have a more personal relationship with the gentle Jesus.
    *(xvii-i)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2009

    very dissappointed

    to me this would have been a better book to read and understand if there hadn't been so many many words used that you had to use a dictionary in order to know what they meant.I was really dissapointed that Jesus made His word so easy to understand but man for whatever reason cannot just use plain simple words to explain the book he writes.I would have returned the book had i saved the return info.Unless you are highly educated ,knowing words i have never heard before i would review this book before i purchased it.

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