Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Diluted Gospel

seen at The Bororean

"Listen to the typical gospel presentation nowadays. You will hear sinners entreated with words like, 'accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior'; 'ask Jesus into your heart'; 'invite Christ into your life'; or 'make a decision for Christ.' You may be so accustomed to hearing those phrases that it will surprise you to learn that none of them is based on Biblical terminology. They are the products of a diluted gospel."
—John MacArthur

5 comments:

Athanasius said...

I don't think that terminology is unBiblical in any sense. For it is clear, we must open the door for Christ is knocking.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."(Matt 7:7-8)

"like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them."(Luke 12:36-37)

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20)

The Bororean said...

None of those verse's refer to salvation which is the sense, but are meant for those who already beleive. To use Biblical terminology out of context is unBiblical. It is also clear that if Christ needs you to open the door for salvation then Christ is not Omnipotent, but the scriptures clearly teaches that Christ is Omnipotent (Matthew 9:6, 20:18; John 17:2; Luke 8:25). So if you preach a different Christ you preach a different gospel. What you emply is not consistant with the Sovereignty of God.

Fil said...

the only danger here is that it might give a false assurance, but if you ask most of these preachers they will agree that we must believe in our hearts and bear fruit of it, and that is true.

Lucas Defalco said...

athanasius,

Context, context, context.

Matthew 7:7-8 refers to God's sufficiency in providing for his children, not salvation. (cf. vv, 1-6)

Luke 12:36-37 is eschatological (cf. vv. 38-40), and does not pertain to salvation.

Rev. 3:20 refers to the door of the church, not to the door of a person's heart (cf. vv. 14-19).

Studier 101 said...

True, our language is often unbiblical. While MacArthur does often say alot of good things, here is the problem: His lordship salvation is just as unbiblical. It is an unbiblical reaction to decisionism.

P.S. Keep up the good work, Phillip! You introduced my to Jim McClary via YouTube and now I love his preaching!

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