Title: Fool’s Gold
Author: John MacArthur
Date Completed: 06/13/2005
Rereadability Rating: 3.5
Lifechangeability Rating: 4
Entertainment Rating: 4
I’d recommend this book to two groups of people:
Those who are in the church and think the church and the current state of worship is ok.
Those who are frustrated the church is where it is today and want to know how to think biblically about discerning what’s going on in the church today.
Fool’s Gold was written by several people and compiled/edited by John MacArthur. It is separated into four sections. The first section deals with the problem of “blind acceptance” and the need to avoid it. It also touches on the problems with the “seeker sensitive” movement. Section two has four (not so positive) reviews of four books: The Purpose-Driven Life, Wild at Heard, What Saint Paul Really Said and The Revolve New Testament. Section 3 is about discernment in the church, with a biblical look at worship music, altar calls, politics and consumerism in the church. The last section of the book tries to help the reader develop a biblical framework for discernment (“teach a man to fish…”).
I found the book an easy good read. A couple of chapters, because they’re written by different individuals, don’t flow as well as others. The chapters with the book reviews are great references to have on hand when people say, “What’s wrong with The Purpose Driven Life?” It was truly an interesting read.
Note: This book review has been included in my site for historical purposes. I might not hold the same views as I did when it was written. If I don’t, hopefully I’m more right now…