Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Australian Forum 3 and Contemporary New Calvinists Sittin’ in a Tree, K-i-s-s-i-n-g

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on August 18, 2011

The false gospel of the new birth imagines that the new birth refers primarily to what happens in the believer and that this is the greatest news in the world. This is classical Roman Catholicism. It teaches that a good thing is the best thing, that the work of the Spirit is greater than that of the Son

~ Geoffrey Paxton

When the ground of justification moves from Christ outside of us to the work of Christ inside of us, the gospel (and the human soul) is imperiled…. Catholicism had reversed the vision so that the prime focus was on the work of Christ or his Spirit within us.

~ John Piper

And the new-birth oriented ‘Jesus-in-my-heart’ gospel of evangelicals has destroyed the Old Testament just as effectively as has nineteenth-century liberalism.

~ Graeme Goldsworthy

It robs Christ of His glory by putting the Spirit’s work in the believer above and therefore against what Christ has done for the believer in His doing and dying.

~ Geoffrey Paxton

But to whom are we introducing people to,  Christ or to ourselves? Is the ‘Good News’ no longer Christ’s doing and dying, but our own ‘Spirit-filled’ life?

~ Michael Horton

This meant the reversal of the relationship of sanctification to justification. Infused grace, beginning with baptismal regeneration [which evangelicals reject], internalized the Gospel and made sanctification the basis of justification.

~ John Piper

[Evangelicals] unwittingly teach justification by sanctification.

~Graeme Goldsworthy

[Brinsmead on evangelicals and Catholics:] “Justification is a process of inner renewal in us. Justification is given to us by an infusion of God’s grace.”

~ Robert Brinsmead

It is an upside down gospel.

~ John Piper

It is an upside down gospel

~ The Australian Forum


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