Hello BB, I am sure everyone has been anxiously awaiting another thread on the LS topic. :lol: I am writing because I received my copy today of JM's book, "The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith" Revised and Expanded Anniversary Edition. I have just read the preface to the anniversary edition and wanted to make mention of two things. 1. Lou, any indication that I have given that this subject has been too much discussed or debated I retract. Sorry about that. Being a neophite to the subject I saw it as a shibboleth and not for what it really is: a debate over the Gospel itself. This cannot be overdone or defended too much. 2. I want to share a somewhat lengthy section of the preface. As most of you know, the preface of a book seeks to set in the reader's mind what the book is about and why the author wrote it. MacArthur seeks to do this. It is interesting to note that the book was written by him after he has preached verse by verse through the book of Matthew. Some 226 messages were delivered to Grace Community and the book followed. It took him seven years to preach through the Gospel of Matthew. Why do I mention this? Because theologically it sets our topic square upon biblical soteriology and points us to where JM drew his motivation for writing this book and why. But the part I want to share from the book helps set the content of the book. The book is polemical (or so it seems so far). The main subject is the Gospel itself. And this is no small matter. So what is JM writing for and what is he writing against? Any typos are mine. The LS controversy is not a controversy over what JM teaches. The controversy is about the Gospel itself. It is a controversy over the doctrine of salvation. And it is a controversy concerning how the Gospel is being presented in our society.