Dear BB Readers: Because of the danger of the recent reintroduction of the “Crossless” Gospel into the Baptist Board by an advocate of this heretical teaching (FreeGracer, Antonio da Rosa ) I am going to begin posting some articles. My goal is to re-alert unsuspecting believers- inform and advise them to avoid this extreme reductionist assault on the Gospel. As you read this article, existing articles at this board, my blog and future articles, understand that this is NOT a personality clash. Some Crossless advocates will undoubtedly try to portray it as such, but I will not be drawn into one because that is not where the debate lies. Earlier today in the Loveship Salvation thread I linked readers to some articles that detail the egregious errors of the “Crossless” gospel as expressed by various teachers of it, including FreeGracer, Antonio da Rosa. This weekend I do not have the time to do a thoroughly detailed explanation of the heresy that is the Crossless gospel. Next week I will attempt to post some additional articles for your consideration. Today, I will offer some general comments, but for detailed analysis of the “Crossless” gospel I will at this time redirect you to my blog where you can read dozens of articles that address the extremes that are inherent in the teachings of Zane Hodges, Bob Wilkin and the Grace Evangelical Society’s Crossless/Deityless interpretation of the Gospel. I strongly encourage you to carefully read those articles by myself and various contributors. If you go to my LABELS section and click on Crossless Gospel, you will be taken to many articles that detail the reductionist heresy of the Crossless gospel. As I mentioned earlier (FreeGracer) Antonio da Rosa is one of the most vocal advocates for the Crossless gospel in the blogosphere. His views are as extreme and theologically unbalanced as any you will encounter in the evangelical community. When he expresses his views of the Gospel they are the mirror image of the teaching of Zane Hodges. Here are a few examples from da Rosa, which (to reiterate) are mirror images of Hodges, Wilkin, and GES theology. I will paraphrase these, but the documentation is available at various sites, including his own. 1) The lost man does not have to be aware of, know, understand or believe in who Jesus Christ is and what He did to provide salvation, but can still be born again. 2) A lost man can consciously reject the deity of Jesus Christ, but according to GES he can still be born again. Da Rosa insists the lost man can be saved no matter what misconceptions he has about Jesus. Therefore, according to the Crossless/Deityless gospel- the Mormon, JW or any cultist can be saved no matter who he thinks Jesus is. If the Mormon believes in a Jesus that, he (the Mormon) believes is the half-brother of Satan, will give him eternal life, according to da Rosa this does not hinder him from being saved. Da Rosa says that, in an evangelistic encounter, ANY misconception about Jesus or open rejection of His deity must be put on the backburner and left there. Crossless teaching says the lost man can be saved no matter what heresy he believes about Jesus. Da Rosa is on record stating, “the Mormon Jesus and Evangelical Jesus are one and the same.” For documentation and details see, Can the Biblical Jesus & Mormon Jesus be, “One and the Same?” 3) According to GES’s Crossless/Deityless teaching the Lord’s titles, “the Christ” & “Son of God” do not mean or infer the Lord’s deity. Hodges, Wilkin GES strip the obvious meaning from the Lord’s titles because they think the lost do not have to know or believe that Jesus is the Lord in the sense of His deity. See- The “Christ” Under Siege. 4) Repentance to salvation by any definition is rejected by the Crossless advocates. 5) Crossless teaching insists that there is no sin barrier between lost men and God. When you read Antonio da Rosa keep in mind that he is addressing the Gospel from the most egregious reductionist heresy you will find anywhere in Christian circles. These disturbing views originated in the mind of and appear in books by Zane Hodges. They are largely perpetuated by Bob Wilkin and the Grace Evangelical Society (GES). One warning, da Rosa will undoubtedly try to misdirect and divert attention away from the Hodges, Wilkin, GES extremes by claiming they always present the cross and deity of Christ to the lost. This claim is debatable, but that is NOT the core problem with the Crossless gospel. The crux of the debate is that the Crossless advocates believe the lost do not have to know, understand or believe in who Jesus is and/or His finished work on the cross and resurrection, but can still be born again. Advocates of the Crossless gospel try to sanitize and legitimize their departure from biblical orthodoxy by referring to their position as “Refined Free Grace Theology.” In gold mining the refining process is for removing impurities. When you read what the GES has done to the Gospel you will agree they have “refined,” removed impurities from the Gospel. And what are these alleged impurities the GES purged from the Gospel: The necessity of belief in the Lord Jesus Christ’s deity, His finished work on the cross and His resurrection. The more accurate label for the GES’s Crossless gospel is “REDEFINED” Free Grace Theology.” This article is must read, Is “REDEFINED” Free Grace Theology- Free Grace Theology? Please understand that the GES is a shrinking cell of theological extremists that do not speak for or represent the broad cross-section of men who are part of the so-called Free Grace movement. To those of you who advocate for Lordship Salvation- you must understand that there are many men who reject Lordship Salvation that just as passionately reject the heresy of the GES Crossless gospel. Many biblically balanced Free Grace men, who were once in fellowship with Hodges, Wilkin and GES, have broken that fellowship because of the extreme views GES has adopted by the leading of Hodges. Antonio (FreeGracer) is a member of and speaks ONLY for that very narrow segment of GES men who are on the far left extreme fringe of the Free Grace movement. Any involvement the GES Crossless gospel advocates try to bring to the debate over Lordship Salvation are negated by the extreme opposite heretical presuppositions that are the foundation of GES theology. Gone fishin' LM Incidentally, I am pleased to report that there are some new books and publications on the horizon that in whole or in part will expose and answer the Grace Evangelical Society’s Crossless gospel and various related doctrinal aberrations. For example, Dr. J. B. Hixson’s new book Getting the Gospel Wrong includes an extended footnote that discusses the Crossless gospel. For details please read, Crossless Advocates Have Gone Too Far!