I’m indifferent when it comes to theologians like R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur. There are days that I agree with them, there are days that I disagree with them. Today is one of those days that I agree with them.
Sproul was in Los Angeles this past weekend for Ligonier’s West Coast conference, which ran under the theme “Christless Christianity.” He was joined by prominent theologians including Dr. Michael Horton, John MacArthur and Peter Jones to examine the popular misunderstandings of the Gospel today.
The popular misunderstandings they examined included the Prosperity Gospel preached by Joel Osteen. The Gospel is not,
“God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” nor is it “God gives you meaning for life.”
I would say love is a part of the Gospel. But I don’t think Sproul et al would disagree with me there.
Objectively, the Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, being born under the law, as a human, living a perfect life (by the aid of the Holy Spirit), and giving His life as a substitutionary sacrifice for others, Sproul explained to conference attendees.
But it doesn’t stop there, he continued. By the power of the Holy Spirit He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and promises to return to consummate His kingdom.
And it is by faith alone – sola fide – that we are justified, he added. Righteousness is imputed to you and appropriated to us by faith alone, the theologian stressed.
I totally agree here.
Amid much misguided teachings, Horton noted that a majority of Americans are religious but have their own spiritual playlist.
Christianity for many is just “a subjective affair between the individual and his own construct of God,” said Horton, professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California.
I would add that Biblical literacy, or a lack there of, also leads to misguided teachings. Christians know enough of the Bible to be dangerous.
You can read the full article at the Christian Post.