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As the believer’s understanding of spiritual truth deepens and he develops godly affections, the attraction fo the former, sinful life fades.The Christian life is a war for holiness. Our calling to be set apart lands us in the crosshairs of a culture that opposes God’s truth. Even as the world around us is changing, our battle remains the same. To withstand the temptation As the believer’s understanding of spiritual truth deepens and he develops godly affections, the attraction fo the former, sinful life fades.The Christian life is a war for holiness. Our calling to be set apart lands us in the crosshairs of a culture that opposes God’s truth. Even as the world around us is changing, our battle remains the same. To withstand the temptation to compromise in sin or retreat from suffering, Christians must hold fast to God’s Word. Only then can we live well for the Lord.In Stand Firm: Living in a Post-Christian Culture, Dr. John MacArthur drafts biblical battle plans for maintaining a life of Christian faithfulness. God has revealed what kind of people we are to be in a hostile world, and by His Word and Spirit, He supplies us with everything we need to persevere in holiness, humility, and love.


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As the believer’s understanding of spiritual truth deepens and he develops godly affections, the attraction fo the former, sinful life fades.The Christian life is a war for holiness. Our calling to be set apart lands us in the crosshairs of a culture that opposes God’s truth. Even as the world around us is changing, our battle remains the same. To withstand the temptation As the believer’s understanding of spiritual truth deepens and he develops godly affections, the attraction fo the former, sinful life fades.The Christian life is a war for holiness. Our calling to be set apart lands us in the crosshairs of a culture that opposes God’s truth. Even as the world around us is changing, our battle remains the same. To withstand the temptation to compromise in sin or retreat from suffering, Christians must hold fast to God’s Word. Only then can we live well for the Lord.In Stand Firm: Living in a Post-Christian Culture, Dr. John MacArthur drafts biblical battle plans for maintaining a life of Christian faithfulness. God has revealed what kind of people we are to be in a hostile world, and by His Word and Spirit, He supplies us with everything we need to persevere in holiness, humility, and love.

30 review for Stand Firm: Living in a Post-Christian Culture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Al

    This book is written for Christians who are already members of a church but perhaps need encouragement in living in the world. The G.K. Chesterton quote: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried,” would be a good summary of this work. MacArthur is addressing Christians with a familiar message on how to be effective members of the body of Christ and how to effectively witness to the world. The book only has 6 chapters. The first one i This book is written for Christians who are already members of a church but perhaps need encouragement in living in the world. The G.K. Chesterton quote: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried,” would be a good summary of this work. MacArthur is addressing Christians with a familiar message on how to be effective members of the body of Christ and how to effectively witness to the world. The book only has 6 chapters. The first one is about our conscience and how we can maintain it and strengthen it as a help to holiness. Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 6 also pertain to individual actions related to corporate worship and witness: loving your neighbor and your enemy; sacrificial love within the church; prayer and what it looks like, as outlined by Luke 11:1-4; and how we persevere and maintain our assurance to the end. Chapter 5 is about how churches water down the message of the Gospel, (Christ, and Him crucified), in order to appeal to the broader culture, and how this message is abhorrent to the unregenerate. I think what makes this book effective is that it reminds us of what we all know about being Christians, but that we find it difficult in the face of the surrounding culture. MacArthur reminds us that our witness, or lack of one, is a powerful message about the Gospel, and he provides a road map on what to do through the grace of faith and the power of the holy Spirit to live out the Gospel in our daily lives and in the face of the culture.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    A conscience that is too closely fixed to personal feelings is often untrustworthy. When it rises and falls with inconsistent emotions, the conscience can falsely magnify doubts and fears rather than reflecting the true state of the heart and its affections. The conscience can also be confused by too much focus on failures with sin at the expense of recognizing the work of God's grace. ..The conscience must be informed by God's word alone. Living in the culture that we live in today can make it A conscience that is too closely fixed to personal feelings is often untrustworthy. When it rises and falls with inconsistent emotions, the conscience can falsely magnify doubts and fears rather than reflecting the true state of the heart and its affections. The conscience can also be confused by too much focus on failures with sin at the expense of recognizing the work of God's grace. ..The conscience must be informed by God's word alone. Living in the culture that we live in today can make it difficult to stand firm. It is only being in the word, living in community with biblical teaching, that we can be on the firm foundation that we desperately need. This text helps us identify what standing firm means and why we miss the mark. Standing firm identifies what the Christian life means. It is foundational meaning that how you begin and progress will determine the faith that you hold on to. For example if you do not see God as holy, you will not see the need for holiness in your life. Holiness in its essence is a call to love which without the power of God is impossible but made possible with God. Holiness is a battle of our inner turmoil that we must be intentional in the fight. I think my favorite chapter was The Christian life means repudiating the myth of influence. This is a loaded chapter that needs to be addressed by Christians but the church as a whole as it feeds this influence myth. We seem to follow a person of influence or if "the sacred cow" can bring in the seekers, a church calls itself successful. It is a good chapter to question our motives and how we do church. It is easily hidden because the simple fact is we are made to worship. We just don't worship the God we were created to worship. When Jesus says well done my faithful servant it is not because of the influence we bring but the faith we put our hope in. There is much to this easy short read. MacArthur brings clarity and authority for the word of God. Highly recommend. A Special Thank you to Reformation Trust Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: The New Testament resounds with calls to holiness. It continues, "We are told to abstain from fleshly lusts (1 Peter 2:11), mortify the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13), love not the world (1 John 2:15), flee immorality (1 Cor. 6:18), put off the old man (Eph. 4:22), and think on what is true (Phil. 4:8). We read commands to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16), to put on the breastplate of righteousness (Eph. 6:14), to buffet our bodies to bring them into subjectio First sentence: The New Testament resounds with calls to holiness. It continues, "We are told to abstain from fleshly lusts (1 Peter 2:11), mortify the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13), love not the world (1 John 2:15), flee immorality (1 Cor. 6:18), put off the old man (Eph. 4:22), and think on what is true (Phil. 4:8). We read commands to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16), to put on the breastplate of righteousness (Eph. 6:14), to buffet our bodies to bring them into subjection (1 Cor. 9:27), and to present our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1). We hear the call of the Apostle Paul to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh (2 Cor. 7:1), walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16), and lay aside all bitterness, anger, and malice (Eph. 4:31). Peter quoted from Leviticus in his charge to live disciplined, godly lives: “Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15–16). Most Christians are well versed in those commands—we know them and we believe them. However, familiarity and mental assent are not enough to produce righteous results. In fact, the church seems to be rapidly losing the battle for holiness and purity. Consider the worldliness that pervades the church today. Some congregations are virtually indistinguishable from the world; many more are moving fast on a similar trajectory. Others don’t necessarily wear their worldly affections on their sleeves, but their outward acts of piety and devotion cannot conceal the corruption within. The reason is simple. The battle for holiness is not primarily about public professions and external displays. Rather, if God’s people are going to be holy, we must first win the battle on the inside." John MacArthur's newest book is essentially a primer on the Christian life. It covers a wide range of subjects essential to living out the Christian life. Chapter One: The Christian Life Means Being Called to Holiness Chapter Two: The Christian Life Means Loving Your Neighbor and Your Enemy Chapter Three: The Christian Life Means Loving Until It Hurts Chapter Four: The Christian Life Means Engaging In Prayer Chapter Five: The Christian Life Means Repudiating the Myth of Influence Chapter Six: The Christian Life Means Persevering to the End If there is a common thread to these chapters--to these subjects--it's that Christians are called out ones. No matter if we live in a so-called "Christian" culture or the worldly-world, we are called out by God, commanded to live not for the world, not for ourselves, but for Him and Him alone. Often this means countering culture and society, choosing to follow and believe what God has said. I love short books. (Of course, I also love long books--but that is besides the point!) There is something oh-so-satisfying about sitting down with a little book and reading it in a day--or two or three. If it is super-relevant and packed with truths--both familiar and new--so much the better. I would definitely recommend this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Stand Firm was a great nonfiction read! I felt like it was particularly relevant to the current times and I enjoyed reading it. John MacArthur isn't afraid to speak the truth, even when it may offend some people. All in all, I recommend Stand Firm. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done Stand Firm was a great nonfiction read! I felt like it was particularly relevant to the current times and I enjoyed reading it. John MacArthur isn't afraid to speak the truth, even when it may offend some people. All in all, I recommend Stand Firm. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Any of the books John MacArthur writes can be examined carefully for scriptural accuracy and they will be found to be filled with sound teachings. Not only that, but he is one of these rare people who can expound on a subject in a way that is easily understood. During this time period where Christians are more often than ever looked down on, he reminds us to stand firm in our beliefs. He also expounds on conscience, and that is something we really need to learn to rely more on. This is another 5 Any of the books John MacArthur writes can be examined carefully for scriptural accuracy and they will be found to be filled with sound teachings. Not only that, but he is one of these rare people who can expound on a subject in a way that is easily understood. During this time period where Christians are more often than ever looked down on, he reminds us to stand firm in our beliefs. He also expounds on conscience, and that is something we really need to learn to rely more on. This is another 5 star book by this author, and one every Christian should benefit from reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Schell

    John MacArthur is a Bible teacher that I fully trust to teach sound doctrine and rightly handle God's word. This book helps the Christian reader live a faithful life to Christ and is full of edifying scripture for the pilgrimage here on earth. The book is not to long and is one that every Christian should read and examine the scriptures that John lays out. I highly recommend this book it will be a blessing to your life to read and apply the principles. Thank you so much Reformation Trust Publish John MacArthur is a Bible teacher that I fully trust to teach sound doctrine and rightly handle God's word. This book helps the Christian reader live a faithful life to Christ and is full of edifying scripture for the pilgrimage here on earth. The book is not to long and is one that every Christian should read and examine the scriptures that John lays out. I highly recommend this book it will be a blessing to your life to read and apply the principles. Thank you so much Reformation Trust Publishing and to NetGalley for the Arc.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    In a culture where it is becoming increasingly difficult, and downright deadly, for holding to Christian belief and convictions, MacArthur has given timely sermons at Ligonier Conferences that have been transcribed into this little book. Topics range from personal piety, love for God and others, prayer, compromise, and perseverance - all necessary components to standing firm in a post-Christian culture. Classic JMac.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Georgina

    How to stand firm in your faith in a post Christian culture. Very good. John MacArthur is an excellent teacher and he Builds you up in the faith. This book is highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leo Meyer

    Accurate approach christian's function In a post truth culture, rather than apply christian hunanism, Christian might know what Jesus Hope's they face the world, and you find that in the Scriptures. Dr. MacArthur unlishes the Bible to give answers about that. Accurate approach christian's function In a post truth culture, rather than apply christian hunanism, Christian might know what Jesus Hope's they face the world, and you find that in the Scriptures. Dr. MacArthur unlishes the Bible to give answers about that.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    John MacArthur reminds the reader that we cannot get lax in our faith. Life is a marathon and we cannot give in to little temptations. Using Biblical reference, he gives concrete methods for staying strong in a "post-Christian" culture. John MacArthur reminds the reader that we cannot get lax in our faith. Life is a marathon and we cannot give in to little temptations. Using Biblical reference, he gives concrete methods for staying strong in a "post-Christian" culture.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Things for Christians to remember during the times in which we live.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Troy McGahan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. MacArthur as usual did an excellent job in this book. I recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve Alde

    Timeless and timely book for our generation and culture.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    5 stars John MacArthur is a phenomenal Christian teacher. He is scripturally accurate. He also is able to easily explain the Bible in such a way that anyone can understand. This book, as well as any of his others, are a must-read for all Christians. I so highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.

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