John MacArthur is coming to Charleston shortly to speak at a local Church and so I thought I would check out his new book. I have not read all of it, but MacArthur is writing about the fact that the word ‘slave’ has been removed from the english translations, using instead the more tamer word ‘servant.’
It’s interesting that MacArthur thinks that this is a new discovery. This is something I was being taught in the early 90’s. In fact one of the most impressive Bible Teachers I have ever heard is also one of the least known. Roger Price, a pastor from England in the 80’s is one of the most amazing teachers of scripture I have ever heard. I DRUNK in the ministry tapes he produced. Between 1974 and 1986, he recorded approximately 280 Bible studies on audio cassette tape in the context of providing teaching for his own local church and for those he visited during the course of his ministry. They comprised a course of 100 Basic Bible Studies, about 150 Special Topic Studies, studies relating to church life and instruction for local church elders, etc. He always maintained that the teaching of the principles of the Word of God provided a ‘springboard’ for people to search out more truth for themselves. And in those tapes I heard things which still drive my theology today. You can see his inventory of teaching HERE and you can buy his CD’s / MP3’s HERE.
Roger Price taught that Slave was not used enough in the scriptures.
Also, it would appear that MacArthur has not picked up the NET Bible. The NET Bible has corrected some of MacArthur’s laments about English Translations lack of use of slave. Here are some examples…
Matt. 25:21 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Rom. 1:1 From Paul a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.
Col. 1:7 You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave faithful minister of Christ on our behalf
2Tim. 2:24 And the Lord’s slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient…
All in all, I think it is useful for MacArthur to resurrect this issue for a new generation that others have taught so faithfully in the past.