Modern Fundamentalism and its Gospel Invitations / The Lordship Salvation Tendencies of Lou Martuneac
We have already discussed Lou Martuneac's doctrine of repentance and perseverance of the saints, both of which are taken straight from Lordship Salvation books (See my post on Free Grace Theology: A Lordship Proponent and a Free Grace Advocate both say that Lou Martuneac is Lordship Salvation).
Lou has equated repentance with:
1) Sorrow and grieving over sins
2) Confessing one's sins
3) Turning from one's sins
Furthermore, Lou Martuneac's doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints is hardly any different (if indeed there is any differnce) than that espoused in the Westminster Confession of Faith. Although he believes that a Christian can be in carnal behavior (the WCF states this as well), Lou believes that fruits will be evident throughout one's life, and increase. He apparently believes in a temporary, spurious, or false faith, the same as Lordship Calvinism.
The following is an explanation from Lou Martuneac how he has invited the lost to be born again. The problems with this testimony of his are multitudinous. I would like to discuss the dangers of Lou's evangelistic style. Would anyone care to point out exactly what is wrong with this? There may be some people here who agree with this type of evangelism. Why do you?
I believe that we can identify several dangerous errors in this type of invitation.
For those of you who do not agree with this way of doing evangelism, please give us the reasons.
For those of you who agree that such a method of evangelism is correct, please tell us why you would think so.
Oh, if you all could have been in the room at the Primrose High School in Johannesburg where I taught the Biblical Studies class to over 300 high school students each week. There were four classes of 80-85 in each. After several weeks of groundwork on the Inspiration and Infallibility of the Bible I began a four week series on the gospel. There is too much for this post, but I will say that when I came to the matter of faith and repentance I taught and illustrated very clearly they are inseparable and necessary.
God blessed and more young people than I could have hoped or imagined responded once I began to give an invitation.
You might be interested to know how I conducted the invitation. The class was third hour, followed by a 30 minute school recess. I told each class that if any desire to be born again, they would have to leave the room, go out to the playground with everyone else and then return to my class where I would remain waiting.
My purpose was to let those young people go out among their peers and see if the conviction was so strong that in front of all of their friends they would turn back to the classroom with all of their friends knowing why they were coming back.
The ones who did return I met them at the door, and asked each, "Why are you here?" Most understood, some did not, some were just curious. Once I seated those who knew why they were back I asked again to make sure each knew they were lost, on the way to Hell, and understood that through faith and repentance they would be born again. Some of those seated still did not quite understand and I kindly dismissed them. I believe I was left with a group of young people who genuinely understood the gospel, and why they needed to be born again through the power of God in Jesus Christ.
Well, there is much more, but I promised to keep that event from South Africa brief.
You can find the context of this by Lou at this link
Lou's post is the one dated September 20th, 2006, 07:25 PM.