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ReaD ThiS ::: No “Gospel” For Augustine

I realize we are in the middle of a book review about the ancient Persian Empire, but Perry C. Robinson (a member of the Orthodox Church) has written such a well argued post about how St. Augustine did not believe in justification by faith alone (also known as sola fide),  I just had to create a link to it here.  He concludes that if sola fide is the gospel, Augustine didn’t have it.

I’ve read through some of his other posts also.  They are very good.  I now include his blog on my blog roll. 

:::::::::::::::::::: HT: Energetic Procession

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s i m p l e • g o s p e l ::: Martin Luther’s Gospel

From Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans, trans. J. Theodore Mueller (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1954), xv. 

But the Holy Ghost is not given except in, with, and by faith in Jesus Christ, as he says in the introduction; and faith does not come, save only through God’s Word or Gospel, which preaches Christ, that He is God’s Son and a man, has died and risen again for our sakes, as he says in chapters 3, 4, and 10 [of Romans]. [italics added]. 

Theologians will tell you that if you don’t understand that “for our sakes” in their particular traditions nuanced sense, you’re not really believing the true gospel.  I say she who repents and has faith in a Christ (i.e. messiah) who is God incarnate and died for us, and is risen, believes the basic gospel and is saved.  That simple.  Theologians tend to complicate the gospel.

____–__-_-The Gospel of Hip Hop

Thanks to Celucien L. Joseph for finding this gospel presentation by Shai Linne.  Spread it around.

____-_-___—_-_-_HT: Christ, My Righteousness

If evangelicalism were more evangelical ***

If evangelicalism were more evangelical, it would be more about the gospel (the evangel), and less about what divides those who sincerely believe in this one gospel, though they differ on many other issues.

(read, gospel = incarnation, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ)

s i m p l e • g o s p e l ::: Eric L. Johnson’s Gospel

In the spirit of Trevin Wax’s helpful “gospel definition” posts, I offer Eric L. Johnson’s articulation of the simple gospel message from his impressive magnum opus Foundations for Soul Care

The good news of the gospel is an articulation of the free gift of divine salvation and soul-healing, accomplished through Christ’s life, death and resurrection and offered to all who consent to it from the heart.

A few things are interesting about this definition.  1) it defines the gospel as “an articulation of” certain truths, 2) it includes what we would normally call sanctification in protestant lingo (“soul healing”), 3) rather than saying, “offered to all those who believe,” he spells out faith as “consent of the heart.”  Very interesting.  

Eric L. Johnson, Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2007), 33.

—————————–HT: Kingdom People——————————-

Barack Obama says he believes in the gospel

Barack Obama says he believes in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Think I’m kidding?

(HT: Christianity Today)

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