John MacArthur has pulled out of the Ligonier 2022 Conference. The cancellation comes after revelations that MacArthur had apparently promoted a convicted child abuser and shamed the abuser’s wife. However, a church where MacArthur also was slated to speak in March has stated MacArthur is cancelling its engagement due to illness.
MacArthur, who’s been a mainstay at the conference for decades, was slated to speak at Ligonier 2022, March 24—26 in Orlando, Florida.
Friday morning, The Roys Report noticed that MacArthur had been removed from the conference website and tweeted about the discovery. Friday evening, Ligonier Ministries responded to a request for comment, saying:
Thank you for your inquiry. Dr. MacArthur informed us this week that he will be unable to join us for next week’s conference. I do not have any other details and would encourage you to reach out to Dr. MacArthur’s office.
The Roys Report reached out to MacArthur for comment but did not immediately hear back.
However, we then discovered a post on Facebook post indicating MacArthur was cancelling a speaking engagement at Calvary Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama, due to illness.
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On March 8, The Roys Report published an exposé with exclusive video showing that MacArthur shamed and excommunicated the wife of child abuser, David Gray, for refusing to take Gray back into her home.
On March 17, we published an article documenting how MacArthur’s Grace Community Church (GCC) promoted and supported Gray even after his 2005 convictions for aggravated child molestation and child abuse. Records and eyewitnesses revealed that GCC told congregants that Gray was innocent and blamed his convictions on his ex-wife. Grace even helped Gray launch and run a ministry in the prison, called Grace Prison Fellowship.
The Roys Report has repeatedly sought comment from MacArthur and GCC about the incidents involving David Gray and his wife. Neither the church nor MacArthur has responded.
This article has been updated to include information that MacArthur cancelled the event at Calvary Baptist Church due to illness.
CLARIFICATION: MacArthur’s cancellation is apparently not due to his own illness. Saturday, Dr. Steve Lawson posted a picture to Instagram of MacArthur , Steve Jones, and Lawson golfing.