John MacArthur on Turning from Family
Again, in his book Hard to Believe, MacArthur writes that a disciple of Jesus will turn from the family, if he is forced to make a decision. Coming from a congregation that highly values the family, his statement was really a shock to me. Here is the excerpt:
Your commitment goes against the harmony with which you desire to live. Being a Christian and following Jesus Christ may mean you create a division in your own home. But that’s a mark of a true disciple. Clinging to Christ often means letting go of family members who reject you because you won’t reject the gospel…People will not take a stand for Christ, because they want to maintain that family harmony. But Jesus said the true disciple will turn from his family, if he is forced to make a decision. This is part of self-denial, accepting gladly the high cost of following Jesus to receive His infinite blessings for time and eternity….Family love is strong, surely the tightest human blond. But it doesn’t have the power that love for Christ has. It is so strong that it sometimes cuts the family bond.”1
1John MacArthur, Hard to Believe (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2003), 131-132.