—An excerpt from video clip:
“Exploring the New Testament I uncovered a distortion of truth when it came to the word δοῦλος…
There has been a conspiracy to cover up a truth that is so essential to the New Testament, that without it we misunderstand our relationship to Jesus Christ.”
For example, of the 150 times δοῦλος occurs in the New Testament, 28 of these are spread out in eleven of Paul’s thirteen letters.
But this use of δοῦλος to identify the believer in the sense that John MacArthur is claiming is hardly true of how, for example, the Apostle Paul identifies believers in his letters.
In fact, Paul tends to only apply δοῦλος/οι to himself and his traveling companion (Phil. 1:1) rather than to the believers he writes to. The few times he applies δοῦλοι to believers is often as rebuke or corrective (Romans 6:15-22).
Against John MacArthur’s overstatement, when the Apostle Paul is referring to his addresses as “brothers and sisters” (Gk. ἀδελφοὶ), or “saints” (Gk. ἁγίοι), he describes and locate them “in Christ” (Gk. ἐν Χριστῷ).
In fact, the John 15:15 text that John MacArthur quotes in his promotional video goes against the central thesis of his book Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ: “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me” (NLT, bold added).
But it seems to me that being “friends” of Christ is the real hidden truth about our identity.