In fact, to preach slavery to Christ in regards to salvation may actually detract from salvations . . . at least the initial act. Salvation isn't a ticket to Heaven. It's a receipt of sale from one master (sin) to another Master (Christ.). Paul states that we are not are own for we were purchased with His own blood. We belong to Christ. He doesn't belong to us. In Him we find our life and our being. In us He finds His satisfaction and pleasure. We are called to live lives completely sold out to Him. We are to die to ourselves daily. We are to carry our cross daily. We are to deny ourselves daily. We are to follow Him and forsake all else. We are to hate our own lives and those in it and love Him first and foremost. This IS salvation, but is it the salvation that we preach? This book is very deep and it will take me some time to research some claims in it and to look deeper into the thesis of MacArthur, but I can say with almost certainty, there is a sermon series coming out of this and the research I will be doing.
I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book for about 150+ pages. I did not enjoy the blatant teaching of eternal security that MacArthur moved into about 3/4 of the way through it. The book was very objective up to that point. Still the content was tremendous and the research was detailed. Great read altogether. More to come on a Sunday coming soon!