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Month: February, 2016

John MacArthur and the Lies of Lordship Salvation – Part 1

Cornbread & Bourbon

In 1988, in an overreaction to the teachings of Zane Hodges, pastor and author, John MacArthur, introduced the world to Lordship Salvation with the publication of his book, “The Gospel According to Jesus”. Dr. MacArthur had already been preaching and teaching the substance of Lordship Salvation for some years prior. Some of his earlier works, like “Complete In Christ”, are testaments to this. But it wasn’t until 1988 that he set out to publish a robust exposition of what he taught concerning gospel assurance and the sanctified life.

His book received immediate criticism. Some pastors and theologians labeled it a return to Rome. Others called it Neonomianism. Either way, most who criticized it would later adopt it as their own view. Only a small minority continues today to resist it. In the face of the once and former initial criticism, Dr. MacArthur followed his book up a few years later…

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No Information, No Gospel

For the Elect Alone

I do not know a single person who claims that it is enough to only know about Christ. Every person I know who professes to be a Christian says that we must “believe in” the person identified by the doctrines We all agree that doctrine is not sufficient.

Preachers who presume to give us information about a difference between doctrine and person which they cannot explain. That “difference” can be deconstructed simply by pointing out that their difference is itself “information”.

So they have is a cheap rhetorical trick: they think if they say FIRST they have the person not the doctrine, then you don’t get to say that what they have is just as much doctrine as anybody else (or that their doctrine is wrong).

I do not hope to cure preachers of indulging in cheap rhetorical tricks. It is not sufficient to know about (and agree with) the…

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The basic Calvinism-free gospel

For the Elect Alone

Universalists always say: nothing stops God from saving everybody. In other words, even though God has revealed what He promises to do, nothing keeps a sovereign God from breaking that promise and doing something else. Another way the neo-orthodox universalists say it: God speaks in baby talk, so that we can never articulate who God is or what the gospel is anyway. So we will articulate a possibility which the fundies exclude!

The truth of God stops God from saving people with a lie. The glory of God stops God from denying the sufficiency of the propitiation for sins by the God-man: if even one of those sins is further punished, then neither Jesus is God or the Father is God. The glory of God is the revelation of God, not only God being God, but God showing Himself by the gospel to be God!

John 5:36 “the works which…

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John Gill: Good Works Necessary for Salvation?

Contrast

John Gill faced a controversy in his day (as Christians have faced in every generation) as to whether or not good works are necessary for salvation. He had a quite clear answer.

It may be proper next to inquire what is the meaning of the word necessary, and in what sense good works are so. That they are necessary to be done, or ought to be done, by all that hope to be saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is readily granted; but not in point of salvation, in order to that, or with a view to obtain it…

True indeed, I cannot say that good works are necessary to salvation, that is to obtain it; which is the only sense in which they can be said with any propriety to be necessary to it, or in which such a proposition can be understood; and which I…

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