MacArthur: Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist

John MacArthur’s first message at the Shepherds’ Conference set off shock waves throughout the reformed evangelical church by upholding Premillennialism as being the only consistent position for any person who holds to the doctrine of sovereign electing grace. He even went so far as to say that the Amillennial position is more consistent with Arminianism than it is with Calvinism. Before you criticize him, or allow some blogs to sway your opinion, listen to his message before leveling or expressing judgment. There are a great deal of important issues raised for the Amill camp to consider, and they are very relevant in spite of what many bloggers are saying.

In the spirit of MacArthur’s intent, to cause the church to re-examine it’s eschatology, I will be posting links to audio messages that may be of help to the Berean believer who desires to exam these things to see if they are so.

First, listen to MacArthur’s message for yourself. MacArthur also answers questions at the very beginning of the Q&A (General Session #5). So purchase General Sessions #1 and #5.

2007 Shepherds Conference>>>

Pulpit Magazine is currently doing a series answering key objections in End Times Q&A here>>>

MacArthur also delved significantly into this topic at the 2005 Shepherd’s Conference Q&A session, General Session 10.

I have also made 2 previous posts in light of MacArthur’s message:

Arnold Fruchtenbaum on Prophecy as it Relates to Israel, the Second Coming and the Arab States

Dwight Pentecost on Premillenial Prophecy


12 thoughts on “MacArthur: Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist

  1. John MacArthur is also taking the message “Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist” and delivering it as a multipart series for his congregation. The CD’s are available at

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  3. No, there is no way to direct link to specific content. You have to purchase General Session #1 via their site after opening an account with them.


    you can watch the message at the above link.
    I don’t agree with election and am a pre mill.
    But I love all you christian brothers and sisters no matter our different opinions.
    Let us love and believe the gospel and tell as many as we can.
    We know that we have the gospel right!

  5. Hi! This is in regards to John Macarthurs sermon at the 2007 Pastors Conference entitled “Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist”.

    Does pastor John believe that one can be a historical premillennialists to be a self-respecting calvinists or do they have to be a dispensational premillennialism. They have many differences. Why are the majority of calvinists a-mill or post?

    Not sure if you know the answer or could find out for me.

    Please respond.

    For His Glory-

  6. Matthew, I believe MacArthur touches on those things in the sermon. It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to it, but I’m pretty sure you will find your answers there.

  7. John Mac Arthur was dealing with the broad issue of premillennialism itself and not dispensationalism or so called or claimed historical premillennialism. Bringing up the specific issue of dispensationalism is a red herring. There is no specific end time view for Calvinism. You will find each one has Calvinist just like they each have some whom are Arminian/ Semi- Pelagian. If you are intrested in historical Premillennialism read The Theocratic Kingdom 3 Volumes by George N.H.Peters. The differences between dispensationalism and historical premillennialism is the issue of ecclesiology.

  8. Please tell me how to download. I have been trying for 20 minutes to find the link to download anything. I am no novice, but I cannot figure out this website. (Man, am I frustrated)

  9. George, click on Shepherd’s Conference 2010 Audio downloads. Then select 2007 from the drop down menu above the audio listings, then click the word link ‘filter’ to the right. It is confusing.

  10. “John MacArthur on Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Israel and Hermeneutics: A Few Comments”

    See Richard Muller’s response to attempts like MacArthur’s to co-opt the term “Reformed,” Click here: Riddleblog – “How Many Points?”

    A Quick List of Amillennial Resources in Light of MacArthur’s Charges

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