Wayne Grudem wrote this valuable book in 2016. He points out that the Free Grace movement diminishes the gospel in a number of ways. Free Grace is a movement that insists that faith must stand alone i.e., it is not accompanied by repentance, acceptance (fiducia), good works, or even assurance. To add any of these to faith is to add human work to salvation. Faith is simply an acceptance of the facts (assensus) about Jesus and His work. Grudem points out that though the Reformers and most Protestants have always cried “faith alone,” they also insisted that the faith that justifies is never alone. Grudem’s 5 critiques are 1) Free Grace does not teach the faith alone of the Reformers, 2) Free Grace has no call to repent of sins, 3) Free Grace gives false assurance, 4) Free Grace underemphasizes trust in the person of Christ, and 5) Free Grace is based upon a number of “unlikely” interpretations of key Bible texts. As an added note, Grudem does not include lordship salvation as a part of this discussion because lordship advocates or non-advocates may either disagree with the Free Grace position. Free Grace, however, is always an anti-lordship position.
Walking With God in DeathNovember 1, 2018
We end our series about walking with God where it should end, considering the time of our death. I don’t know why the topic should seem morbid to us, all of us will die and the only thing that can change that is the rapture of the church at the end of the age. That […]
Walking With God in JudgmentSeptember 29, 2018
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 11:13-14). The words judge and judgment and their cognates appear […]
The Meekness of WisdomSeptember 3, 2018
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13) Who wants to violate the first characteristic of meekness and write about it? Who wants to appear to be like the one who brags about being humble? […]