Slave by John MacArthur is a wonderful book that reminds us that our Christian liberty, purchased by Jesus, is not a license for us to live however we want. Being a Christian means that we are no longer a slave to sin, but have been purchased by the blood of Christ and now live as a slave to Him. The one glowing error in my opinion in the way MacArthur interprets the Bible is that he believes salvation is predetermined; that is, we are either predestined for heaven or for hell. I find no proof of this in the Bible, but I do understand that this is a long-standing debate in theology.
The book is great though, aside from that one flaw I have to overlook. It’s difficult for humans to hear the word “slave” and bring about a positive connotation. We don’t want to think of ourselves as slaves, but as people who are free and just choose to follow Christ. However, the Bible clearly states that we were bought with a price and that we are not our own. This book reminds us of that fact and really delves into what a “slave” meant in the times in which the Bible was written. It is important, MacArthur notes, for us to understand the context to be able to fully understand the meaning.
All in all, a good book….one any Christian should read.