Renowned Pastor John MacArthur appeared as a special guest of the SAT-7 program Forbidden, hosted by Tunisian presenter Dr. Imed Dabbour. Forbidden is produced especially for North Africans and tackles controversial social topics.
The show has hosted famous personalities such as Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi and Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm. The notoriety of these guests attracts new viewers to watch SAT-7, especially people who would not normally follow a Christian television channel.
Dr. John MacArthur is Pastor of Grace Community Church and President of The Master’s College in California. He is widely respected for taking a stand against racism during the 1960’s. After the September 11th attacks on New York City, Larry King hosted Pastor MacArthur on his show to discuss how people could make sense of the tragedy.
The recent interview covered several heated topics:
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During the interview, Imed introduced a sensitive topic. The word “missions” has a negative connotation in the Arab World due to a long history of colonialism. He asked Pastor MacArthur to define missions. Pastor MacArthur said, “[Christ] said, ‘I have come to seek and save the lost.’ His mission was to deliver people from the kingdom of Satan…He didn’t do that politically. He didn’t do that militarily…He didn’t force people. He loved people. He offered the Gospel. That defines the mission.”
Several of Pastor MacArthur’s books have been translated into Arabic and he has visited Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan. He believes that Scriptural study transcends cultural boundaries. Pastor MacArthur says “It’s the love of the souls of men and women that motivates me.”
As Imed asked Pastor MacArthur a series of controversial questions, Pastor MacArthur answered by pointing back to Scripture and theology. He observed, “The Gospel advances one soul at a time without distinction [to nations].” SAT-7 viewers across the world could learn from his statement that God’s grace is not just for the western world, but rather, it is meant for each one of them as well.
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