Has Grace in Focus Put the Free-Grace Gospel Out of Focus?
By Jonathan Perreault
Several months ago (Mar-Apr 2009) Ken Neff published an article in the GES newsletter Grace in Focus. The article was titled, “What Is the Free-Grace Gospel?” It is not my intention to give a full critique of Neff’s article. Rather, I would simply like to clarify my position in the Free Grace gospel debate in response to what he wrote.
I have several problems with how Neff has portrayed my position:
Neff makes it appear as if I disagree with his first two observations. But in reality I agree with him when he says that “It seems arbitrary to say that some, but not all of the good news must be believed.” I also agree that “A patchwork content approach is not convincing.”
He makes it appear as if I am a patchwork gospel advocate. However, I have made it clear that I don’t agree with the patchwork/partial gospel approach of Greg Schliesmann, Tom Stegall, and J. B. Hixson (see my online summary chart: “Three Views On The Gospel of Grace”).
Neff makes it appear as if I have proposed “six essentials.” Yet I don't even know what six essentials he is attributing to me. And he doesn’t cite where my supposed six essentials may be found.
I believe that Ken Neff and the GES have seen my position in the Free Grace gospel debate quite out of focus. I would like to ask them to correct their distortion of my position, and to portray it more accurately in the future.