Yesterday I posted MacArthur's video wherein he pounded the young, restless, and reformed community for stepping over the moral threshold into a worldly lifestyle.1 In a real sense, MacArthur's concern centers on classic antinomianism, a well-known temptation within the Reformed community.
In 2009, I wrote these words:
The Conservative Resurgence which officially began in 1979 made history by turning the theological clock backwards to its rightful, biblically authoritative moorings… Southern Baptists once again should heed the times: there is another coming crisis in our convention, just beyond the horizon. Before it was biblical belief--especially belief about the Bible itself--we stood to lose…
The coming crisis just ahead is exceedingly more subtle, wrapped in bright, colorful garments, yet no less a dangerous threat to Southern Baptists. It is not a crisis of belief per se, though undeniably connected to belief. Nor is it modernity's rationalism which, as before, stood as the doorkeeper to biblical authority with which our former crisis contended. Instead the coming crisis for Southern Baptists concerns behavior, a cataclysmic moral shift away from biblical holiness expressed in biblical Lordship, toward the relativistic, postmodern norms of American pop culture including its hedonistic obsession with fulfilling desires.
Before, the challenge concerned doctrine and the question was, "What do we believe?" The impending crisis Southern Baptists face concerns discipleship and the question is, "How will we behave?" The old prophets of Modernity imposed rationalism on the text of biblical revelation, serving to us an unholy Bible. The coming crisis threatens a relativistic ethic, shouting to us unholy behavior" (pp. 24-25, Alcohol Today: abstinence in an age of indulgence. Garland: Hannibal Books, 2009)
1my thanks to a commenter who offered the link to Part II and corrected the implication that MacArthur's words were spoken only recently