John MacArthur takes issue with certain preachers who have used Solomon’s Song as an excuse to shock people with their over-the-top sex language. (Note the irony of the article’s title.) I have more to say about this, but for now here’s the best quote:
We’re assured moreover that the shocking hidden meanings of these texts aren’t merely descriptive; they are prescriptive. The secret gnosis of Solomon’s Song portray obligatory acts wives must do if this is what satisfies their husbands, regardless of the wife’s own desire or conscience. I was recently given a recording of one of these messages, where the speaker said, “Ladies, let me assure you of this: if you think you’re being dirty, he’s pretty happy.”
In this Q&A, John MacArthur says the passages in Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3, which speak of masters and servants, “corresponds to employers and employees.” I’ve heard this connection made before, but I’ve never been sure of it. I’m no Greek expert, so I wonder if the best way of understanding doulos is as a voluntary employee. Certainly, the word is used in the NT as one who follows Christ, so it doesn’t have to have a bad meaning, but can it be stretched to mean employee? Does the concept of an employee, as we understand the term, even make sense in the first century Greek world?
Take a look at the top 50 bestselling authors last month as reported by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. (By the way, why do they add the Christian part, isn’t that redundant?) If this list proves anything, it proves that I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an evangelical. As I look over this list, I have read exactly one book from the authors on the list. Well, I read a book edited by MacArthur and about 3/4 of his book on parenting, but besides that, I’ve only read Phillip Yancey (and only one book at that). I pretty sure I should be happy about this.