I love John MacArthur. His willing to take a stand for the gospel is testimony to his faithfulness to Scripture. MacArthur cares more about the purity of the gospel than his own reputation and popularity. MacArthur recently said that this one book, "Hard to Believe," only sold about 12 copies. He is obviously joking, but I do not doubt that it didn't sell very well.
The gospel is hard to believe. To often in our day, churches, ministers, and many evangelicals are trying so hard to "fit in," with our culture that they compromise truth and water down the gospel so much that "believers," never get saved.
In this book, MacArthur lays out the hard parts of the gospel and why it is essential to believe, preach, affirm, and evangelize with these components. It is essential that new believers understand what is at stake whenever they are saved. They must be willing to forsake all, including their family, friends, job, reputation, money, etc.
Furthermore, they must realize that we are sinners without any hope. We have rebelled against God, and therefore, deserve hell and condemnation. We would rather live for ourselves than to serve God. Therefore, God must initiate salvation. If one does not realize that he is a hopeless sinner, than he is not saved. We have so many people in the church who never have had to confront the problem of sin, and therefore are not truly saved.
The purity of the gospel is the most important issue of our day, as it has been since the day man fell (Genesis 3). If we miss this critical point, then there truly is no hope. We must not compromise the true, saving knowledge of the gospel. For men's souls depend on it.
MacArthur unashamedly points out the many errors that churches and ministers are preaching today. He declares the true message of the gospel as revealed in Scripture.
I highly recommend everyone to read this book. It is critical that we understand what the gospel is. Our primary role on this earth, as true believers, is to lead others to Christ and to disciple them so that they will then evanelize. We must, therefore, not compromise the message because it is useless and saves noone.