Would you be willing to consider yourself a slave? To surrender yourself totally to God. How do you feel about giving up complete freedom. Or are you still a slave to sin? That's the topic of John MacArthur's new book (at least to me) Slave. I had the privilege of reading this book as the first book by John MacArthur I have ever read.
Except for the idea that he believes that there has been a "cover up" in the translation of the bible in which the Greek word "doulos" has been translated "servant" instead of "slave," there is nothing earth shattering that I could see.
I'm not saying this isn't a good book, because I did enjoy it. It is a good reminder to us that we are ultimately slaves either to sin or willing ones to the Lord. He uses a great deal of historical information to show what it is like to be a slave during Roman and Biblical times. Because I like the history behind the Bible, I found this to be enjoyable.
He also uses this book promote Calvinism, by saying essentially that slaves do not choose their master. Maybe promote is not the word. I did not agree with his assessment with that.
Overall I thought book was worth a read and not a difficult one at that. I have nothing to compare this book to, but having listened to Dr. MacArthur's sermons for years I can't imagine this was his best work.
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