Yeah, we're pretty sure he's wrong.
An American pastor named John MacArthur is making headlines for all of the wrong reasons. First of all, he's been defiant about COVID-19 restrictions, and because of that, people are looking at his entire catalog of nutty sermons. Some of them contain what can only be described as questionable and outrageous claims. In one sermon that has also put the pastor in the headlines, he discusses environmentalism, claiming that God intended the planet Earth to be a "disposable planet." Yeah, he said that. I guess he gets the idea from the fact that this is how some humans actually do treat the planet.
Here are his exact words: "God intended us to use this planet to fill this planet for the benefit of man. Never was intended to be a permanent planet. It is a disposable planet. Christians ought to know that,” MacArthur said. Now, I'm not even close to being a biblical scholar, but I don't remember any teaching like that from my childhood in church. The man added that certainly, Earth's beauty is apparent, and he's been everywhere on the planet, so he knows, he says. He even suggests that it's a "stunning and glorious thing to stand and look at a distance at the beauty of this planet."
However, he notes that the closer you get to the earth, the deadlier it becomes. He says that while he's seen the beauty of the great Alps, he doesn't "want to be up there by myself for a week." He said the same about the "great deserts of the world," adding that he wants to be somewhere where there's a "building that has air conditioning and water." He said that he wants to be where "people have subdued the creation." That sounds sort of blasphemous, doesn't it? Again, I'm not a biblical scholar, but it sure sounds disrespectful to God's creation, if God is who this man is concerned about.
Shockingly, in the same sermon, MacArthur said that "God loves jewelry," and he was referring to the "taming" of the De Beers diamond mines and the value of using slavery to mine the diamonds that are found there. “Get all the pearls you can. Dig up all the diamonds you can. Get all the natural resources you can, the replenishable resources, natural gas and oil and everything that God has put in this planet. It’s an absolutely staggering little piece that’s floating around in infinite space,” he said. The sermon is called "The End of the Universe Part 2" and you can watch this gem below. This guy is a piece of work.