The point of gospel-centredness is loving Jesus

J.D. Grear (author of Gospel), Trevin Wax (author of Counterfeit Gospels, and Greg Gilbert (author of What Is the Gospel? and co-author of What Is the Mission of the Church?):

From The Gospel Coalition.

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

2 thoughts on “The point of gospel-centredness is loving Jesus

  1. JD Greear says in this video (toward the end of the 10th minute) that he has no problem with helping the poor and those sorts of “good works”, he has a problem with why people do them. In other words, he thinks people should do good works only because they love God and not out of any sort of desire to be saved. And that, friends, is why history, whether 20 years from now or on into eternity, will eventually recognize that this movement fell short of the Truth. It only taught half of gospel.

    Evangelical preachers like JD Greear and others preach salvation “through faith alone.” Well, Paul did teach about initial salvation through faith apart from works. See the past tense in passages like Ephesians 2, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… not by works…” However, Paul also taught about present and future salvation through works. Paul wrote, “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap eternal life, if we do not faint, (Gal: 6:8-9), and, “God will repay every man according to his works. To those who seek after glory, honor, and immortality by patiently continuing to do good, [he will repay] eternal life.” (Rom. 2:6-7) Jesus himself said the difference between the sheep (who will have eternal life) and the goats (who will not) was what the *did*. (Matthew 25)

    By ignoring salvation through works, Martin Luther wiped away half of the doctrine of salvation. He taught that James contradicted “true” Scripture by teaching that we are justified by what we do and not by faith alone (James 2:24). Martin Luther, for all the good he did by rejecting Catholic abuse, has also done incredible damage to Christianity and to the gospel, This recent movement is just one of many that have followed in his footsteps.

    • Salvation/justification is by faith alone in Christ alone, because of God’s grace alone and results in perfect standing with God, absolutely and eternally. Works are indeed essential to salvation but not as the ground, or basis, of it. Works are the evidence or fruit of justification. Faith without works is dead (it’s not true faith). True/authentic saving faith will always result in good works that ‘justify’ or prove the genuineness of the faith. So, there are not two kinds of salvation. We are saved by faith in the substitutionary life and death of Jesus, and in that moment forever transformed through the indwelling Holy Spirit who progressively makes us like the Saviour. The transformation is the proof of regeneration, but never the grounds of it. As you can see, justification and sanctification must never be separated, but neither must they ever be confused.

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