The following is adapted from one section of Chapter 1 of my book A Gospel of Doubt, a response to Dr. John MacArthur’s book The Gospel According to Jesus. The first chapter of the third edition of John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus is entitled, “Follow Me.” It is a new chapter which was not included in the first two
Recently I blogged about Chuck Swindoll defending the faith-alone message, and specifically rejecting the Lordship Salvation message, in a Jan 7, 2019, Insight for Living Broadcast. See that blog here. I received an email today notifying me that Chuck again rejected Lordship Salvation, this time in more detail. He did so on the Feb 22, 2019 broadcast. You can listen to it here.
While working on my autobiography, I wrote about the early years of GES. During that time some of my board members believed that Lordship Salvation is a saving message. Don’t misunderstand me. They were against Lordship Salvation. They felt it was false teaching. However, they believed that Lordship Salvation was a problem for sanctification, not for
I received an email pointing me to a video by Dr. Wayne Grudem entitled, “Salvation without Repentance from Sin: A Critique of the Free Grace Gospel.” You can see that 45-minute video here. I’ve written a book responding to Dr. Grudem’s book Free Grace Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel. So I won’t cover his view of
Reformation Commentary on Scripture, New Testament XIII: Hebrews, James. Edited by Ronald K. Rittgers. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2017. 341 pp. Cloth, $49.99. Free Grace proponents have tried to show that both John Calvin and Martin Luther held to Free Grace Theology. While it is certainly true that we can find quotes from both
In response to a recent blog entitled, “What Does It Mean to Believe in Jesus?” (see here), a reader asked three excellent questions. Here are his questions: If I understand correctly, you’re saying a person can believe many things about Jesus Christ, including that He’s the only Son of God, yet not have eternal life.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog (see here), Dave Anderson argues in the book A Defense of Free Grace Theology that Wayne Grudem’s view of saving faith is essentially that of nearly all Free Grace advocates. Anderson even goes so far as to suggest that Zane Hodges agreed with Grudem’s view. Zane Hodges was
Yesterday I received an email from a Free Grace Pastor who likes our writings. He indicated that he was concerned about some things he read in the book A Defense of Free Grace Theology, edited by Dr. Fred Chay, with contributions by Ken Wilson, Paul Tanner, Dave Anderson, Jody Dillow, and Chay. Here is what
The following question came today via email from a friend: I know that you (and presumably everyone at GES) do not believe that repentance is “necessary” for salvation. I have several of Zane Hodges’ books on free grace, and he appears to hold this view mainly based on his understanding of the Biblical meaning of repentance
I received a handwritten letter (yes, some people still do that!) asking the question which is the title of this blog. The question concerned a November-December 2017 Grace in Focus magazine article by Bill Fiess and me entitled, “Saving Faith Is Not Heartfelt Trust.” The article was not discussing trust per se, but heartfelt trust.