Do You Agree With This Quotation XXIII
It has been a while since I have put up for discussion a quote from a famous (or infamous) person. As of late we again have been discussing saving faith, for this is on the frontline in the battle for the gospel. If you all haven't noticed, I am an advocate for a clear and biblical invitation when engaging in evangelism. This is the crux of the matter! I want to be as faithful to the Scriptures as I can. What I love about the saving message that our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed is its utter simplicity: "whosoever believes in Me has everlasting life"!!!
Can Jesus be telling the truth? Is it as simple as that? Well I sure hope so. Why? For one day I will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for what I have done. I take the gospel of Christ very seriously. I would wager my eternal destiny upon the simplicity of Christ's message: "whosoever believes in Me has everlasting life". In a sense I have. And till the day I die I will evangelize others and teach others this very truth: All who believe in Jesus have eternal life.
But now I digress. On to the topic of this post. I do not wish to divulge, yet the author of this quote. But here is some context so that you may appropriately give your nod or dissent.
The author of this quote is a dispensationalist and is opposed to Lordship Salvation. The context of the quote is as follows. He is discussing that there needs to be some facts involved in saving faith or else faith is "empty". But he continues his treatise to state that the belief in facts about someone doesn't save. One must rely or commit oneself to Christ, having confidence in Him alone which is more than merely believing some historical facts. It is in this context he states this:
Trust, however, implies reliance, commitment, and confidence in the objects... that one is trusting. An element of commitment must be present in trusting Christ for salvation, but it is a commitment to Him, His promise, and His ability to give eternal life to those who believe. The object of faith or trust is the Lord Jesus Christ, however little or much one may know about Him. The issue about which we trust Him is His ability to forgive our sins and take us to heaven.
I will be the first to answer: there are some ways that I would state some things differently, but I wholeheartedly agree with this quotation and furthermore especially agree with the bolded part.
What say you? Do you agree with this quotation?