Mr. Brown, I want him to deal respectfully with someone else's position. I don't mind the fact that he disagrees with covenant theology, or infant baptism.
In the sermons that I have heard of MacArthur, and the services I have physically attended, he IS arrogant about some of the things he believes. To say that EVERYTHING that he believes is so black and white is quite offensive, simplistic, and arrogant.
You would feel offended if I said, infant baptism is right there in the text, its just so obvious!! (with the attitude of ANYBODY could see that, you moron!) I was not there, but my girlfriend told me that he said that the rapture of the Church is just SO clear in Scripture, you can't miss it! He went on to ridicule those who held to Post-Millenialism or Amillenialism.
I don't care if he disagree's with a position strongly. He is just bombastic and many times, does not represent the other side well because it seems that he simply assumes he is right.
Again though, much of MacArthur's ministry IS and HAS been good. I appreciate the work that he has done and it has directly impacted my growth. I do not just want to sling mud at a great man of God just because. I pray that God continue to bless MacArthur's ministry. I just feel that he needs to be more respectful of the broader Christian community.
Brandon, with all due respect, you haven't been a member of the PB that long. Read some of the threads on paedo baptism. Many of the posts have been blunt. I have no problem with that. I have sat under Dr. MacArthur's teaching, both at Grace Community and the college where I attended. I see a different man than you. I heard a confident man, convinced that the scriptures were clear. Arrogance? I didn't sense a lick of it.
Perhaps the reason that Dr. MacArthur seems arrogant to you is due to the fact that you are not as convinced in aspects of your theology? It may be offensive to you that someone is convinced in theirs. Could it be a form of jealousy? I will admit that there have been times that I was jealous of some of my Presbyterian brethren. Some are at total peace with Covenant Theology from A to Z while I found myself in flux on many points of doctrine. Things are different now, but they weren't always that way.