How not to preach the Gospel...

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by ReformedBaptist, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. ReformedBaptist

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    Richard Bennett of Berean Beacon ministry wrote the following. It is part of a larger article he wrote to Christians to exhort and teaching them to share the Gospel with Roman Catholics. Richard was a Roman Catholic himself, a priest, of the Dominican order, and has great insight for Protestants and Evangelicals.

    The following information is helpful not only for preaching Christ to Catholics, but also in all our preaching to those who need to be saved.

     
  2. Eric B

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    That sounds like a "Lordship Salvation" advocate.
    While the parts about some of the terms used ("give Jesus control of your life", "Accept Jesus into your heart",etc) make sense; when they start questioning "vast numbers" of evangelicals' (not even liberals, Catholics, etc) salvation because of "easy-believism", that smacks just as much of "works-salvation" as anything else. The only only thing that separates them from Pelagianism is that it's God who "enables" them to do the works (as part of "believing"). But it's still about works, if one speaks of something being too "easy".
     
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    I disagree. What Richard Bennett teaches as the Gospel is the biblical Gospel. Which is actually different from the easy-believism in modern evangelical churches. I think Bennett is touching on something very important and may get at the root cause of why there is such unregeneracy among evangelical churches.

    The "Lordship Salvation" subject has been discussed on these boards and debated. But the ideas of giving Jesus control of our lives or accepting Jesus are not biblical ideas. It may be as new Christians what we felt like we did, but in truth is not God's salvation.
     
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    Here is a Catholic that has got it right!
     
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    Sounds like something that John Calvin would have written.
     
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    Sounds like something Paul would have written.
     
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    Well I'm not defending "giving Jesus control", and even admitted he had a point about that.
    Still, how are people determining all of this "unregeneracy" among evngelicals?
    If salvation is really by grace, "easy" (as if on some scale of difficulty) should not even be in the equation. That implies works, and then you're judging others based on some supposed required level of works; and only crediting God with enabling people to do these works (that others associate with "giving Jesus control"). But that is not what "Paul" teaches.
    It's is just from Augustine's attempt to square away works and grace based on what he thought scriptures taught.
     

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