John MacArthur (birth name – John Fullerton MacArthur Jr.) is an American evangelical minister and the president of The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary.
He is best known for his radio program Grace to You. In addition, John is a strong proponent of expository preaching. He describes himself as a “leaky dispensationalist.”
MacArthur was born on June 19, 1939, in Los Angeles, California, USA, to Irene Dockendorf and Baptist preacher Jack MacArthur.
In the early 60s, John obtained his Master’s of Divinity from Biola University’s Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada, California.
From 1964 to 1966, he served as an associate pastor at the Harry MacArthur Memorial Bible Church.
Grace Community Church
On February 9, 1969, MacArthur was named the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church, a non-denominational, evangelical megachurch founded in 1956.
Grace Community Church teaches Calvinist theology, a denomination of Protestantism that adheres to the theological teachings and traditions of John Calvin.
MacArthur said to The Gospel Coalition:
”I started preaching when I was young; my first sermon would probably be 60 years ago.”
Grace to You, his daily radio program, started as a ministry to provide audio cassettes of his sermons to listeners.
In 1985, MacArthur became president of Los Angeles Baptist College (currently known as The Master’s University ), a conservative Christian liberal arts university in Santa Clarita, California.
In 1986, John founded The Master’s Seminary, the graduate seminary division of The Master’s University. In March 1998, The Master’s Seminary completed construction of a 32,000 square foot building.
The Bible Broadcasting Network terminated his “Grace to You” radio program in December 1989.
The Master’s Seminary started a semi-annual publication, The Master’s Seminary Journal, in 1990.
In August 1963, John MacArthur married Patricia Sue Smith. John said about his wife in an interview:
”Through Patricia, God has filled our home with love, grace, and kindness.”
MacArthur went on to say:
”He has provided for me a godly partner and a daily source of joy, support, and accountability.”
MacArthur also said about Patricia:
”The degree to which I have enjoyed success as a father, as a husband, and as a minister of the gospel, is a result of the investments she made in me each day.”
MacArthur and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children, named Marcy MacArthur, Mark MacArthur, Melinda MacArthur, and Matt MacArthur.
The two also have 15 grandchildren.
In February 2020, his son, Mark MacArthur, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with defrauding clients in a $16 million investment scheme. Mark MacArthur is currently the president of M2 Financial LLC. Mark is an alumnus of Master’s University.
”All those who truly love Christ and care about the truth have a solemn duty to defend the truth.”
”Everything I read, for example, goes through a grid of discrimination in my mind.”
”If we would be men and women of integrity, we must also be men and women of holiness.”
”Christians should not allow entertainment to define their understanding of happiness.”
”The charismatic movement makes its appeal to people at the visceral and emotional level.”
”Perhaps we have lost the fear of God because we take His grace for granted.”
”The beginning of wisdom is, on the positive side, honoring God by knowing and fearing Him properly.”
”In the face of a world driven by compromise, believers must be people of integrity.”
”The heart can only go as high in worship as it can go deep in theology.”
”False teachers flourish where there is no scrutiny.”
”My goal was to make the Word of God understandable. And that’s what I really do every week of my life, basically. (Preaching)
”I’m outraged at the brazen way so many false teachers twist the message of Scripture in Jesus’ name.”
In 2012, at The Shepherd’s Conference, MacArthur said that the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick, was “unqualified.”
MacArthur is critical of the teachings of prominent evangelical Christian figure Billy Graham, the father of Franklin Graham. MacArthur has also criticized Joel Osteen, the new senior pastor of Lakewood Church.
In 2009, Pastor John MacArthur underwent surgery for knee replacement.
In his book The Battle For the Beginning, John advocates young-Earth creationism.
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John MacArthur – Net Worth & Salary
Pastor MacArthur earned most of his wealth from serving as the pastor of Grace Community Church as well as the president of The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary.
MacArthur’s salary is reportedly around $150,000 per year.
Moreover, Pastor MacArthur published more than 160 books and study guides. His books have been translated into over 20 languages.
Some of his books are – The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus, The Truth War, Twelve Ordinary Men, A Tale of Two Sons, The Murder of Jesus, Ashamed of the Gospel, Strange Fire, Our Sufficiency in Christ, Twelve Unlikely Heroes, and The Gospel According to Jesus.
His book, Twelve Ordinary Men, sold over 500,000 copies, while his book, the MacArthur Study Bible, sold around 1 million copies. Therefore, John MacArthur has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
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