Influential evangelical John MacArthur doesn’t believe the uprisings that are spreading across the Arab world will lead to the freedom that hundreds of thousands of protesters are demanding.

“I just think the upshot of all of this is more instability, more chaos,” the longtime Southern California pastor told The Christian Post. “I don’t think the future looks good.”

Inspired by the December revolution in Tunisia, which led to the downfall of its dictator, populations in neighboring countries in North Africa and the Middle East have launched similar anti-government protests in hopes of achieving more freedom, democracy, and more opportunities.

The U.S. has responded by asking the governments to respect the people’s right to assemble.

But from a biblical perspective, MacArthur maintained that the protesters are in violation of the biblical command to “submit to the powers that be because they’re ordained of God.”

“I would have wished the American government, which has a history of Christianity, would have risen up and said ‘this is wrong, this is forbidden for people to do this, this is intolerable,” he said.

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