December 24, 2011

Tullian Tchividjian and Elyse Fitzpatrick looking for Mr Antinomian

(note 6-22-2015): I have since come to the conviction that even though I don't believe all the critiques of Tullian are fair, they do have some good points. Tullian's message has been going off the rails for a while and his associations and messages are getting more vague.  He seems to have gone from assuming the gospel to assuming the law.)

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Truly a wonderful read, an open letter to Mr Antinomian by Elyse Fitzpatrick. It's short and light, with an intro by Tullian Tchividjian.  Enjoy!

Dear Mr. Antinomian
"There seems to be a fear out there that the preaching of radical grace produces serial killers. "
Read more here

December 20, 2011

Just found the perfect Tshirt!

From Rod Rosenbladt's son's store:
"Weak on Sanctification Tshirt"
Lutherans often get accused of having no doctrine of sanctification.

As hard as it is to believe, some would rather focus on their good works rather than on what Christ has done for them, putting the cart before the horse, as it were.

To this the true Lutherans have always confessed that good works are the fruit of their salvation and that Saint Paul strongly encourages us to look to Christ, rather to our good works.
read more here
The description there is a wonderful read, a great blog post in itself!

Sure to be a great conversation starter at family gatherings, especially if your family gatherings contain those who think it is possible to spend too much time thinking about what Jesus has done for us.

December 7, 2011

"I'm certain I'm going to heaven because I can't remember a single good work I have done."

I just happened across this excellent article by Tullian, which he had tweeted a few hours ago:

It quotes another favorite of mine, Todd Wilken of the online radio show "Issues, Etc."

“Many pulpits across the land consistently preach the Christian and not the Christ.” Todd Wilken

So true. So very true. I am self centered enough. I don't need to hear about myself from the pulpit unless it is to remind me that I am really quite spiritually bankrupt and destitute.

Here's the article:

The Gift Of Self-Forgetfulness

December 6, 2011

Mortify sin already! Or forfeit the name of Christ!

No, really I did see someone say almost exactly that today.  Someone who considers himself to be a pastor/teacher and online blogger.  His exact words were:

"Mortify sin, or stop calling yourself a Christian."

I have to wonder exactly what Bible these guys are reading.  I told him I think it's this one:
"for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do."

In the course of this back and forth he informed me that Jesus is not going to obey the New Testament for me.  Huh.  The way most Reformational Christians read the Bible, they find that Jesus DID obey the entirety of the law in my stead. Not only did he expiate, he propitiated.

So, as Jesus said, it is FINISHED. Τετέλεσται

I'm not going to argue with Jesus on that anymore.