A Study in Contrasts
thanks for your kindness and good wishes.
I have been perusing some of the anti-FG stuff out there. Not much of it is worth even addressing. The superficiality of both the attacks and their so-called exposition speaks volumes.
Jonathan Moorheads blog seems to only get traffic when he stirs up the FG pot with his sophomoric paragraph long posts. They have no content and fail to distinguish himself as a doctoral student at DTS; and his involvement in the threads that they produce add nothing to an honest debate, but are merely formulated to be provocative. He is always insisting that someone else do his homework.
The others who wish to be more in-depth contend against that which they do not understand, nor have taken the time to study. Don't read their material with an open flame -- unless you want a mushroom cloud in the place of your video monitor; the straw men in these blogs are piled higher than the toys in my children's room.
Free Grace theology is a very real threat to the fratenal order of Traditionalism. Truth exposes their skin-deep theology for what it is. They are fighting tooth and nail defending their turf; often times it is humorous, other times it is scandalous.
We are the heralders of grace, they are the imposers of self-rightousness.
"Sola Fide" accurately describes our position, while they proclaim that faith apart from works does not save.
We represent Christ's gift of eternal life as Absolutely Free! while they traffic in the sophistry of contradiction which offers a gift that will cost a man everything.
Our message says "come as you are, you have nothing to offer"; their version advertises "submit all that you have and give all you got or you can't be saved".
We invite "whosover desires"; they stroke their pride with "whoever was chosen".
Our right given by the authority of the objective Word of God is to complete and certain assurance of salvation; their race is to persue perseverance, in order for final salvation, without it (certain assurance).
The eyes of our souls are fixed on Jesus as our certain hope; while their sights are filled with the inspection of "fruits".
To us, Christ is God's love to the world; To them, Christ's death is meaningless to most.
Our passions lie in evangelism of the lost; they seem rather content to proseltyze the saved.
The bottom line:
Free Grace Theology teaches that Christ offers eternal life by faith alone in Him for it.
Traditionalism teaches multiple conditions: submitting, repenting, cost of the whole life, perseverance until the end, etc.
Which one sounds like a gift to you?
Which one sounds like a highly stipulated contract?
Cheap Grace? No. Expensive to Christ, FREE to us.