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Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A must read!

Don't pay any attention to the bad reviews! This is an excellent book! John Macarthur shows the truth about Christianity! The truth is we are slaves to Christ. Sound heretical? Read the book. It will change your life! It did mine!

posted by Lee72 on December 13, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not bad - not amazing

john macarthur's Slave (a review)

To begin, I must say that I usually enter into these types of works with a very critical eye. So, I need to address the good feature of the book before I become too critical. First, it makes a great study group book. In a culture ...
john macarthur's Slave (a review)

To begin, I must say that I usually enter into these types of works with a very critical eye. So, I need to address the good feature of the book before I become too critical. First, it makes a great study group book. In a culture that doesn't know limits or boundaries when it comes to self indulgence and consumption, Slave addresses again the humble state we have in light of grand mercy of God. I would recommend it for church study groups, home groups etc. It the book is not complicated in its nature and hold several helpful insights for the Christian church.

Now, two points of frustration. First, I was quite surprised that there were no sections devoted to the exposition of clear passages dealing with slavery and ownership. Why wasn't Philemon discussed? Why not an exposition of the way slavery set out in the OT [I can only remember at this late point, that they address the redemption of Israel and don't get into the messy-but-interesting stories of slavery of the OT]? There was a lot of depth missed out on because the authors felt it necessary to repeat the same information about slavery in Roman culture over and over again.

Second, and I say this as a trained Reformed theologian. They spent too much time twisting the narrative of the book to explicate the doctrine of election. Reading it, it felt unnatural, and I am of the belief that such doctrines are to be addressed in their proper context. In Slave, a very elaborate discussion of election arose in a moment that felt well out of place. Almost as if election and slavery are synonymous. There was no need to force Calvinism into the story line, and it was clear from the outset.

Slave is certainly useful for groups lead by layleaders and for personal reading.

posted by 8429949 on June 1, 2011

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Be a Slave of Christ!

    "So much of our Christian walk is focused on 'self '-how will this trial refine my faith, improve my character, or fit into a pattern for my good? Often when believers speak of a personal Savior, they mean a Savior who is personally committed to their health, success, and life fulfillment. But such a view couldn't be farther from the truth. In his new book, John MacArthur presents a powerfully riveting and truly eye-opening look at our relationship to the Lord Jesus. Want to rise to a new level of trust and confidence in your Master? Then this is the book for you!"
    -JONI EARECKSON TADA, JONI AND FRIENDS
    INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY CENTER



    This book is a thought provoking book. It question your identity in Christ. Who is Christ and who are you? The truth is we are slave of Christ. He save us using His blood so that we can become a slave for HIM. It is a great privilege for us to be able to be slave for HIM! It show and correct the way of shallow Christianity. It show us the true of discipleship.

    Actually, Dr. John feel prompt to read this book because the word "slave" is lost in translation to the English language. The word "slave" is actually prominent in the new testament but somehow lost when translated from it original language to the English.
    Instead of translating doulos as "slave," these translations consistently substitute the word servant in its place. Ironically, the Greek language has at least half a dozen words that can mean servant. The word doulos is not one of them. - John Macarthur-
    Now, how many time you blame GOD when what you wish for is not granted? We have to know GOD is not a genie that fulfill all our wish! It is us that have to be fulfilling HIS wish. Slave have such a negative connotation that will make people wonder how ridiculous that the writer decide to write a book about SLAVE? But, wait until you finished reading this book, you will understand that slave is who we are to Christ.

    This book also shed light to some of early Christian who become slave of Christ. Who will not denounce Christ even after torture, hot iron and subject to death. One of the example is Sanctus in this book who said " I am a Christian" countlessly when ask under torture who he is. Many of the early Christian is not afraid to die because of Christ. But look at what we become?

    This book will make you feel unable to sit down and questioning yourself what it is to become a Christian. Was it because of traditional? Was it because you are born with it? Its time that we start questioning ourselves and see what we willing to do for Christ. A very interesting book to read and we can learn how to be a Christian by following example of the early Christian and their history.

    If you are curious of what its mean to be slave to Christ, this one is a definite read! i give it 5 star out of 5 star. This book is gratefully received from Thomas Nelson Publisher as part of their booksneeze blogger program. i am not required to write positive review and therefore, the review is 100% opinion of my own.

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