John McArthur may be "respected" in mainstream Christian circles, but he does not respect them.
He does not trust anything outside his empire which is the reason why he founded his own seminary back in 1986. He felt that most of the fundamentalist seminaries such as Dallas and Talbot Seminaries were straying too far from doctrinal purity and started his own, leading many faculty members from the aforementioned schools to defect and join MacArthur's faculty.
I will let his church websites speak for themselves to demonstrate how isolated he and his empire are, check out his church staff as well as the faculty of his seminary.
- Here is the link to his church staff
- And the link to the seminary faculty roster
Everyone 45 and under are from his seminary. The seminary was not around for those over 45. Isn't the pattern a little striking? This amounts to paranoiah. Can you say surrounding yourself with a bunch of yes men educated under your tutelage?
I will close with another statement from
his web page.
"What sets Grace Community Church apart from the current trends in Christianity is our unwavering commitment to biblical content"
That is just one of many self-congratulatory statements about himself and his empire.
So again back to my original point. Mainstream Christian circles may respect him, but he despises them back, unless you are part of his empire, that is. Rick describes him as a fundamentalist. I'd say he is the fundamentalist of fundamentalists.
Actually, McArthur is respected in mainstream Christian circles. It is the job of a pastor to "routinely criticize [his congregation] for their lack of commitment to scripture." You need to balance sermons on sin with sermons on grace, but you can't have one without the other.