The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 8

From John MacArthur’s ministry’s article on Lordship Salvation: First, Scripture teaches that the gospel calls sinners to faith joined in oneness with repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 20:21; 2 Pet. 3:9). Repentance is a turning from sin (Acts 3:19; Luke 24:47) that consists not of a human work but of a divinely bestowed grace (Acts 11:18; […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 7

From John MacArthur’s ministries article on Lordship Salvation: There are many articles of faith that are fundamental to all evangelical teaching. For example, there is agreement among all believers on the following truths: (1) Christ’s death purchased eternal salvation; (2) the saved are justified by grace through faith in Christ alone; (3) sinners cannot earn […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 6

We’re going to move on in the analysis of this document outlining the tenets of the doctrine of Lordship Salvation. Here’s the portion of the text we are examining today: There are many articles of faith that are fundamental to all evangelical teaching. For example, there is agreement among all believers on the following truths: […]

Grace Gotchas: 1 John 3:4-10

Here is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Grace in Community”. I really wanted to share it with all the friends who follow the blog – enjoy! 4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 5

This is the fifth installment of my analysis of the online document explaining the doctrine of “Lordship Salvation“. I am continuing through the initial matter in the article to lay a good foundation. Let’s look at the next section of the article: Present-day evangelicalism, by and large, ignores these warnings. The prevailing view of what […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 4

This is the fourth installment of my analysis of the online document explaining the doctrine of “Lordship Salvation“. I am continuing very slowly through the initial matter in the article to lay a good foundation. Let’s look at the article again: The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 3

This is the third installment of my analysis of the online document explaining the doctrine of “Lordship Salvation“. I am continuing very slowly through the initial matter in the article to lay a good foundation. Let’s look at the article again: The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation (Pt. 2)

This is the second installment of my analysis of the online document explaining the doctrine of “Lordship Salvation“. I am moving very slowly through the initial matter in the article to lay a good foundation of understanding. Today we tackle the meaning of the idea of “liberation”. A Gospel of “liberation”, confrontation, and condemnation? Let’s […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation

I’m launching a small project to go through the curiously named “Grace to You” site’s document explaining “Lordship Salvation“, to search out a truthful and biblical evaluation of the doctrine. As any regular readers know, I am strongly biased towards a strong grace-centered cross-centered gospel message, so I can’t claim to have complete objectivity. However, […]

MacArthur’s Strange Fire

The Christian blogosphere is ablaze over John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” conference. I wanted to weigh in on John MacArthur and the whole issue. In general, I like to dialog about the charismatic movement about as much as I like to dialog about politics or the latest trends in plumbing. It is such a beaten up […]