If you’ve been watching the attacks on Grace Community Church pastor John MacArthur over the last several years, you’re probably aware of the smear campaign against him perpetrated by Julie Roys. Roys alleged that John MacArthur purposely and knowingly sent a wife and her kids to a known abuser to be further abused and did so because of his patriarchal religious convictions. Roys and her gaggle of Twitter followers have consistently exploited a horrific incident in an effort to discredit MacArthur and discredit the conservative, biblical theology of complementarianism.
Yet, the false narratives put forth by Julie Roys against John MacArthur were thoroughly discredited, thanks to the excellent reporting by Protestia, through careful examination of the facts. In her articles about MacArthur and the alleged abuser, Paul Guay, Roys manipulated details to paint an unjust picture of MacArthur and Grace Community Church. However, the evidence demonstrated that MacArthur consistently took swift and appropriate action against moral offenses in his ministry. Roys’ connections between horrific incidents and Grace Community Church were not supported by the facts, and her sources did not corroborate her claims. By scrutinizing the evidence and exposing her deceptive journalism, it became clear that the narratives she presented were demonstrably false.
All that being said, the narrative continues to be advanced by leftists with an agenda, primarily an agenda to discredit biblical theology in favor of a worldview infected by social justice activism. Not only have mainstream “Christian” media outlets like Christianity Today continued to push the false narrative to attack MacArthur, But the sentiment is alive and well within mainstream Evangelical circles. Beth Moore and her daughter teamed up with homosexuals to lambast MacArthur for his biblical views on gender roles and former Southern Baptist president JD Greear mocked him for the same. The homosexual son of another former Southern Baptist president called him a misogynist.
Now in the latest veiled attack on MacArthur and conservative biblical theology, even though he changes the story up a little bit to try not to make it so obvious, it still fits the Roys narrative in essence. Andy Stanley then blames the deconstruction trend on it on this kind of theology. The whole clip is terrible, but the veiled reference to MacArthur is at the beginning.
“Or maybe your mom, you know, was married to your stepdad, and he was abusive, and she went to her pastor, her priest, and her pastor, her priest says, you got to go home,” he says. “You have to submit to your husband.”
“You you know, you got to stay in there,” he Stanley continued, “And it almost killed her, and she’s done. She’ll never have anything to do with organized religion, and neither with you, because neither will you because of how the church responded or treated somebody you love”