Heretic David Platt: Don’t Go to Hell Their Way; Go to Hell My Way
“….which doesn’t see justification as a finished work that cannot be affected by sanctification.”
This may be a shock to you, but heretic David Platt has a new book out. Is anybody keeping a running score on this? Who is ahead? I think John Piper has written about 600 books; where does Platt measure up to that? Is Kevin DeYoung like second or third? The promotional trailer follows after my commentary. In the classic Reformed either/or metaphysical interpretive prism, he insinuates that you either know what he knows about salvation, or you are one of those minions of the present Dark Age of Synergistic Sanctification. And you also think people are saved by the mindless citation of a prayer. If you don’t believe what he believes—that’s you. You believe that you have led someone to Christ just because you got them to recite a prayer.
That’s what Platt means by Follow Me. “Follow me” really means meditating on what Jesus has done rather than anything that we do resulting in Christ’s life and obedience being imputed as a substitute for our obedience in sanctification. Emptying ourselves means to look at all of life as a way to make us smaller and the cross bigger. Got rape? Awesome! What could be more useful in humbling us in the death we deserve and being resurrected by the fruits of Jesus? And not to mention forgiving our rapist to show the world that we forgive the way Jesus forgave us. We are all just sinners saved by grace and if not for the mercy of Jesus—I would also be a rapist, so who am I to judge? Point being: don’t be deceived into thinking that Platt really believes that following Jesus means learn and do. He means meditate and watch. That’s how we get to heaven by faith alone in sanctification; which doesn’t see justification as a finished work that cannot be affected by sanctification.
And that’s ironic because he cites Matthew 7:21-23 to make his point. But what is the context of that text? Those who don’t learn and practice have houses built on sand and no assurance of salvation; ie., what Platt propogates. Learning, and “jumping from the command to obedience” is…. “obeying in our own efforts.” Following Jesus really means learn and watch.
Him and is heretic book-writing buddies can deny this all they want to, but it’s called: “the imperative command is grounded in the indicative event.” It’s a Reformed tradition, and invites the words, “Depart from me you who work anomia (anti-law [those who don’t learn and do]), for I never knew you.
Moses told us how to choose life or death. Or, how to choose a house built on sand or a house built on a rock. Once splattered with blood, the word is near to us, and in us, and not too difficult for us to obey. This is the opposite of the “centrality of the objective gospel outside of us.” The word is NOT in us, and it is most certainly TOO HARD for us to obey—Jesus must do it for us, or you are not living by faith alone.
So, don’t go to hell the way Biblicists supposedly go to hell—go to hell David Platt’s way.