Influential pastor and speaker John MacArthur is causing no small stir after saying that popular speaker Beth Moore should “Go home,” and stating that feminism has taken a hold of evangelicalism.
MacArthur, who last week was speaking at the “Truth Matters Conference,” a celebration to honor his 50th year in ministry, weighed in on an ongoing debate in the Southern Baptist Convention over women preachers by stating that the nation’s largest so-called Protestant denomination has lost faith in the authority of the Bible.
During a question and answer forum, moderator Todd Friel, a former stand-up comic turned talk-show host, asked John MacArthur what his thoughts where on Beth Moore after a lot of back-and-forth joking.
“Dr. MacArthur, Beth Moore?”
“How many words do I get?” MacArthur asked.
“You know, actually, before you answer this please think carefully this time ’cause last time you did a one-word association the guy wrote a book about it, and we don’t want that,” Friel stated.
MacArthur responded by saying, “Go home.”
The audience responded with an eruption of roaring laughter and applause.
“There is no case that can be made biblically for a woman preacher – period, paragraph, end of discussion,” the 80-year-old preacher added to more applause.
“So let me see if I can get a clarification on that,” Friel jokingly stated. “Got one. Phil anything to add?”
“No, the word that comes to
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