THE EXEMPLARY HUSBAND by Stuart Scott

by JF

THE GOOD:
1. The author professes Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and nearly all of the advice for husbands in this book is wise and Scriptural counsel.

THE BAD:
1. As usual, here’s another case of a Christian pastor/author who works for, or is affiliated with, a 501c3/state incorporated ministry writing and teaching as though the 501c3/state incorporated “Church” has some kind of authority in our land, when the reality is that they do not.
2. The author doesn’t know what the real Bible is. He quotes from the John MacArthur Study Bible throughout, which is an NASB version, which is a counterfeit bible.
3. The occasional computer-generated black and white line graphics did nothing to assist this reader’s comprehension.
4. Like a lot of others affiliated with Pastor John MacArthur’s ministry and/or insular seminary (and I speak from personal experience here), the author’s advice, for all its obvious virtues and wisdom, is out of touch with the times in which we live. For example, the author seems to be of the antiquated mindset that, for the average American family today, the husband is the only one working outside the home fulltime, and the husband and father has all the rights in our society, often at the expense of our womenfolk. He honestly seems to have no clue that it is typically to a large degree the other way around these days.

Relatedly, the author seems completely oblivious to the widespread ravages of modern radical feminism upon society and upon American families, for he never even mentions this elephant in the living room.
It is painfully obvious that the author has led a very insular life which, while it is probably a blessing upon his own life, it nevertheless makes it harder for him to reach us regular folk in the New World Order’s communistic world of upside down relationships and rampant deception everywhere a discerning person turns. John MacArthur’s incorporated ministry, though within its walls it is by and large a wonderful place filled with wonderful people, is nevertheless also an extremely insular environment which makes it difficult for those inside it to understand what is actually happening in the real world all around them. Put it this way: to the degree that U.C. Berkeley is insular in producing hippies and Marxists who are out of touch with traditional American society of old, similarly with John MacArthur’s college and seminary, it produces well-meaning and virtuous (and republican) Christians who are out-to-lunch regarding societal realities all around them.
5. Speaking of the NWO, the author has zero understanding of the babylonian monetary system which has grown up all around our society today, and he shows zero appreciation for the Lord’s proscription against unjust weights and measures (Dt. 25: 13-16) for, at one point in the book, he gives advice on how to properly borrow money from money lenders, thus endorsing this anti-scriptural practice. This is rotten, worldly-compromising lukewarmness.
6. This reader also did not agree with the author’s statement on p. 97 that a husband “should not expect respect from his wife.” Whatever the author’s intent was when he wrote that, he needed to couch his words more carefully, because that’s a little bit like telling a wife that she “should not expect love from her husband” and this, as we all know, is very unscriptural indeed. It is this reader’s opinion that the author’s blind spot regarding the horrendous damages of modern radical feminism, stemming from his insular lifestyle working (and living) safely inside the walls of “Fort John MacArthur,” allowed him to write such a thing as to tell a young husband that he “shouldn’t expect respect from his wife” treading extremely delicately. Our society has enough emasculated, hen-pecked nancy-boys posing as men and husbands. We don’t need anymore.
7. Finally, the author makes too many pedantic charts and lists instead of just writing and staying in paragraph form, and this only serves to distract the reader much more than it ever assists.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ
6/2008

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