Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It Shall Prosper



I have often been asked why I so frequently write against the notion of the Well-Meant Offer (WMO) of salvation to all of humanity. My answer is that this belief is among the very most prevalent errors in Christendom today. The WMO distorts the nature of the gospel message and in so doing posits a God who contradicts his own testimony regarding election (Ephesians 1:4-5), particular redemption (John 17:2), and the purpose of the gospel (II Timothy 1:10). The prophet Isaiah wrote...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Regeneration Precedes Faith: What Others Mean vs What PBs Mean.


The new birth is an incredibly important Christian doctrine. When it comes to having a proper understanding of our eternal salvation, few doctrines provide as much explanatory power as the bible's teaching on the new birth. Nowhere is this more true than when the new birth is represented on a timeline along with the exercise of faith. Since both the new birth and the exercise of faith are events in time, it follows that there are only three possible timely relationships between the two.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Journey Round MacArthur's Park


MacArthur's Statement


I recently stumbled across the following quote which appeared in the first release of Hard to Believe, by John MacArthur.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Offering of Salvation



In a recent dialog with another believer, I was endeavoring to prove the bible's position that the gospel is not a well-meant offer of salvation to all of humanity. In that conversation I made the following statement:


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Exercises in Right Division (Acts 2:40)


STATEMENT ONE:  In reference to the work of man’s eternal salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ stated, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)  

STATEMENT TWO:  Yet in his sermon on the day of Pentecost we find the apostle Peter telling men “Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” (Acts 2:40)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Steve Lawson - The Narrow Way to Life - Biblically Examined


This short excerpt from Steve Lawson speaking on the topic of the narrow gate is a good example of how Lordship Salvation theologians violate numerous fundamental sovereign grace precepts when they interpret scripture. Those precepts are:
  1. Repentance is commanded and therefore an act of obedience, and any act of obedience is a work of righteousness. (Matthew 3:2)
  2. We are saved “not by works of righteousness which we have done.” (Titus 3:5)
  3. All of the requirements of eternal salvation were met by Christ, not by us. (Hebrews 1:3, II Timothy 1:9)
  4. Man in his natural state is incapable of receiving spiritual truth (I Corinthians 2:14) and unable to respond based on spiritual deadness (Ephesians 2:1). 

A closer look at Lawson's statements on what is meant by the strait gate is helpful in pointing out how Lordship Salvation theology violates the aforementioned sovereign grace precepts.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Regenerate Yet Unconverted - Is There Such a Thing?



In a recent discussion with some fellow Christians, I made reference to someone being "regenerate yet unconverted" - a scenario which has been well described as "believer's unbelief." (Mark 9:24) This reference was immediately met with strong opposition.  Some insisted that the phrase "regenerate yet unconverted" is self-contradictory because to be born again means to be converted by God from sin. By that definition then, a "born again yet unconverted" man is an impossibility. While I will concede that this is likely the majority position among professing Christians - the more important question remains - is the majority position correct? A closer look at the bible's testimony regarding "conversion" is revealing.