Theology and Apologetics Roundtable: September 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Coalition of the Pharisees

Yesterday I posted a letter that was directly personally to Dr John MacArthur regarding his coordinator of Volunteer Ministries, Fred Butler, who seems to have an appetite for harassing the Body of Christ online alongside the cohorts of Pastor JD Hall in Montana. For the past several years this coalition of "righteous" believers have been on the attack with anyone associated with the SBC who they have great disdain for. Sadly after years of online barrages towards Dr Ergun Caner by this "coalition", Caner was struck with the hardest blow of losing his 15 year old son to suicide, in my strongest opinion, due to the relentless, vicious attacks towards a man's son online by none other than Jordan (JD) Hall a pastor in Montana and overseer of Twitter account @PulpitAndPen. 

To this day these same legalistic thugs, or Pharisees, try to shy away from the tragedy and minimize it as much as possible to keep their hands clean and lay the blame on Dr Caner himself as a failure of a father. These are so-called BELIEVERS acting this way. Much of the internet interaction between Caner's son and JD Hall has been conveniently deleted from Twitter (thank God for screenshots) as he still today argues his innocence. If you are innocent, why delete the tweets? Hall has now claimed he has backed away from Twitter and now his associates handle the account.... So he say. You have to be an idiot to think JD Hall isn't still pulling those strings of continued online harassing towards other people.

Fred Butler, I have learned just from watching his Twitter account, is one of the most arrogant people I have ever seen. The first guy to cast stones and claim he is without sin. I can assure you, Mr Butler, God is not mocked. Just this morning I came across some attacks he has alongside JD Hall towards Ronnie Floyd. It's unbelievable. What breaks my heart more is that this guy still holds a leadership position with Dr John MacArthur's ministry. The same ministry who has yet to respond to Butler's behavior online.

Nonetheless, it sheds a negative light on his boss, Dr. MacArthur who remains silent and I can't say how much that discourages me since Grace To You has been a huge impact in my life since the age of 15. Dr. MacArthur why you address this issue at hand. Have we not learned anything from Mars Hill?

Here's the Twitter link of the lengthy mob attack on Dr. Caner's son, Braxton, on June 1, 2014: 

Judge this interaction for yourself.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Letter To Dr. John MacArthur

I am an avid listener of John MacArthur radio ministry. When I became a Christian at 15, Grace To You played a huge role in my spiritual growth and sanctification process. Through Grace To You I was able to grow in the Word and decipher the texts in its proper context. I am thankful daily for the ministry and preaching of John MacArthur.

With that said, I am also grieved at how a man under his leadership, Fred Butler, can remain an active role in the ministry despite his vicious and proactive involvement in the online harassing and defamation of Dr. Ergun Caner and his son Braxton who at the age of 15 committed suicide and in my personal opinion, due to the relentless attacks from Pastor JD Hall and a mob of "believers" including Fred Butler. It pains me to see the silence of John MacArthur in this matter. As I personally watch a man, his wife, and youngest son grieve a tragic loss to this day, these online attacks have continued to come their way. Fred Butler's hands are not clean in this ordeal whatsoever.

I pray Dr. MacArthur that you diligently look into this matter and call evil for what it is and sin for what it is. You have been a huge blessing in my life and I know without a doubt you are a man of integrity, wisdom, and living above reproach.

In His Name,
DeMarcus Sullivan