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Publishers back away from MacArthur’s new book amid abuse controversy

Following allegations against John MacArthur for failing to protect victims of child abuse, publishers have declined to publish his new book, “The War on Children”. Initially planned for release by Thomas Nelson, the book will now be published by the newly formed MacArthur Publishing Group. This decision comes after The Roys Report disclosed MacArthur’s controversial actions, including excommunicating a church member for not reconciling with her child-abusing husband and supporting a convicted child molester. These revelations have raised significant concerns about MacArthur’s stance on child protection and his influence within the Christian community.

The Roys Report:

According to a still-available post on Google Books, “The War on Children: Providing Refuge for Your Children in a Hostile World,” was set to be published in 2022 by Thomas Nelson.

However, MacArthur’s broadcast ministry GTY announced last week that the book would be published by the new MacArthur Publishing Group.

In April 2022, TRR received a tip that Thomas Nelson had canceled its release of “The War on Children.” So, TRR emailed Nelson about the planned release of the book but did not receive a response. We have sent additional emails since then, but have still not heard back from the company.

The tip came about a month after TRR published an exclusive story, revealing that MacArthur had publicly excommunicated a former member, Eileen Gray, for refusing to take back her child-abusing husband, David Gray.

Read the full article.

Key Points

  • Publishers refuse to release John MacArthur’s new book, “The War on Children,” amid child abuse controversy.
  • The book initially planned for publication by Thomas Nelson, will now be released by the MacArthur Publishing Group.
  • Allegations include MacArthur’s excommunication of a member for not reconciling with a child-abusing spouse and praise for a convicted child molester.
Themes Pros Cons
Accountability Highlights the importance of accountability in leadership. Reveals a lack of accountability in handling child abuse cases.
Publishing Standards Shows that publishers are mindful of the ethical implications of their associations. Limits the availability of diverse viewpoints, if based solely on controversy.
Child Protection Brings attention to the need for protective measures for children in Christian communities. Indicates systemic failures in protecting the most vulnerable.

Questions to Consider

  1. What responsibilities do leaders in religious communities have in protecting children and supporting victims of abuse?
  2. How do allegations of mishandling abuse impact the credibility and moral authority of religious leaders?
  3. In what ways can Christian communities work to ensure a safe and supportive environment for all members, especially children?

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