May 7, 2015 Resources: God’s Holiness; The Gospel; Church History, and more
by Jonathan Hamilton
I am thankful for much of what the Gospel Coalition and its leading spokesmen stand for. They have done much good for the church. However, with some frequency I am troubled by decisions and positions (or lack thereof) that TGC takes. The most serious error is the confusion they inadvertently create over the definition of the Gospel. You would think an organization that calls itself the Gospel Coalition would take great care to differentiate between the Gospel itself and the Gospel’s effects. What someone must believe to be saved (the Gospel, i.e. the death and resurrection of Christ: 1 Cor. 15:1-4) is different than what the Gospel accomplishes in that person’s life, both in the short- and long-term. Theological liberalism has long blurred these lines by making things like social activism a part of the Gospel itself. It is disconcerting to see a conservative Christian organization that impacts thousands wandering too close to that line.
Church history is really important…even for many of us Baptists who are guilty of acting like it’s not.
Paul, the cultural conservative?
Has anyone ever tried to shut you down in a discussion by playing the “You’re putting God in a box” card?
R.C. Sproul’s well-known The Holiness of God video series is now available for free on YouTube. Watch this by yourself or with your spouse when you have the time and space to be still and meditate on God’s greatness.