The Simplicity of the Gospel

I spend entirely too much time reading one of my favorite blogs, where there has been much discussion on theology, cardinal doctrinal issues and such.

Now…I don’t mean any disrespect to any of my blogoshpere friends (and foes) who attended the seminary of their choosing and studied theology to the inth degree.

BUT…to me…a simple man of faith…some should study more about Grace and Mercy and less time on what it means to be a Calvanist, Arminian, Lutheran, Wesleyan, and so and and so on.

The Gospel is Simple….

    John 3:3 “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

    John 3:5-7 “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.”

    John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

    John 3:31-36 “31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[k] gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

Plain and simple…just the way I like it

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About Jimmy Eldridge

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9 thoughts on “The Simplicity of the Gospel

  1. “some should study more about Grace and Mercy”

    That’s what the Church has been doing for far too long and that’s exactly why the Devil was able to set up shop so deep inside the American Christian Church.

    I don’t like it any more than you do but those debates will have to be the focus if we have any hope of God empowering that simply Gospel you speak of above.

    This is the heart of the matter: ““I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” And the issue we’ll have to beg God to help us understand is HOW one is born again.

    You in the new evangelical relevant camp say man cooperates with God (synergism) and decides to accept/follow Christ as the new birth. This belief (doxy) is why your practice (praxy) has become what it is.

    But I say the Bible teaches God alone (monergism) chooses whom He will; the Holy Spirit regenerates him and gives him the faith to believe in Christ. We need to finally face facts here, one of us is preaching a different gospel.

  2. Matthew 22
    “8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.
    13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
    14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

    Notice in verse 10 that they went out and brought everyone they could find, at the request of the King, both the good, and the bad, (that is you and me…notice I am not saying which is which) 🙂 AND…the only one who was asked to leave is the one who hadn’t prepared himself for the wedding…AND…the King himself is who pointed out that the man was not prepared.

  3. The problem with trying to separate “true” Christians from “false” ones vis-a-vis the monergism vs. synergism argument is that those categorized as “synergists” would not agree with the categorization, and that the Bible does not describe the exact mechanism you have written, nor – if it were such a cardinal doctrine – does Jesus spend any real time on the subject, and Paul does not seem to indicate it as “another gospel”.

    In fact, both make quite plain that it is belief in Jesus and his resurrection that saves. Monergism, as you have defined it, is repackaged Greek fatalism – which is not damnable, but also leads to poor orthopraxy. Many of those you refer to as “synergists” would say that God gives man the choice to follow Him or not (so that any cooperation on the part of man is only done by His permission) – which gives much more sovereignty to God, and is more descriptive of “love” as defined in His book than a monergistic view of God as a megalithic, arbitrary toy-maker.

    Jesus’ message was obsessed with the Kingdom, and in the parable of the Great Banquet, described it figuratively, from the invitation given by God and His sovereign decision to open it up to whoever would accept an invitation. The religion Jesus practiced and lived within had accepted for centuries and millennia that God both predetermined some events (such as Hezekiah’s extended reign), offered choices in others (such as with Esther) and limited the choices in yet others (such as with Jonah). He did not say anything to contradict this tradition, and neither did Paul – in fact, when viewed in context, they both – along with Peter, James and John – affirmed this view, without trying to lay its foundations to most of their audience.

    That we have been so heavily influenced by Greek fatalism and determinism, and then made this bastardized “choice” of free will vs. predestination a lynchpin of faith is only a testament to the fallenness of the world and its influence on the church. It is a slap in the face to God, because when we make it a test of the gospel, we really are teaching “another gospel” all together.

    Even good orthodoxy can be improperly applied

  4. By the way Jimmy would you mind clearing up this misinformation you left over at CRN.(Mis)Info? in a comment thread about Christian Research Net, which is my website. You said to one of my contributors:

    “Chris [Pajak]….my brother, my brother….we had posts on our site at one time that were posted under ‘Editor’ and Your friends at Slice, Apprising etc, etc, gave us a pretty hard time about it…”

    Apprising is also my site and I said absolutely nothing at all re. Relevant on either of my websites for the simple fact I had never even heard of this site before Chris Rosebrough told me about it this spring.

    Therefore this implied hypocrisy: “So…what’s good for the goose is good for the gander…yes?” has zero to do with the discussion of the editor feature used at my Christian Research Net.

  5. Ken, misinformation not intended…no mention was made on any of your sites as you stated…I was refering to comments made on our site here.

    Hence the reason for the ‘editor’ tag being gone here at Relevant…all posts and comments are tagged with the contributors name.

  6. I would like to throw out a concept here…

    Where are the references to doctors of the law and lawyers in the OT? I can’t seem to find any. The ministry reflected in the Bible was dominated by prophets and other men who walked faithfully in the Lord.

    Doctors and lawyers were not born UNTIL God stopped speaking (after the book of Malachi). There seems to be 400 silent yrs before John the Baptist (of course, I know the Lord was still active in the hearts of some men/women).

    Despite this silence, did religion stop? No. Doctors and lawyers were born and filled the gap, just like today. Dr. Gamaliel and Dr. Caiaphas… but blind as bats.

    But despite what man had created, Isaiah still describes Christ as a “root out of a DRY GROUND.” In God’s eyes, all the religious stuff was an empty shell, dead, lacking any depth.

    All this talk of monergism, synergism, Calvanism, etc… is far off base. Let’s be real here: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtely, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” – Apostle Paul

    It seems we’ve come full circle… Perhaps this is why Jesus asked, “When the son of man returns, shall he find faith in the earth?” A warning for us to consider, not to answer to quickly.

  7. Ah…the beauty and simplicity of the Gospel is again spelled out here:

    1 Timothy 2:1-7 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.”

    This kind of puts a stop to the argument against free will.

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