Paul's Passing Thoughts

New Calvinists Believe That Gospel Sanctification is the Only True Gospel: Want Proof?

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 8, 2012

The following is an email/comment sent to me by a New Calvinist that is of the New Covenant Theology species. His opinion about those who do not hold to sanctification by justification is evident. Also notice the either/or communication prism that they use to manipulate. It’s either all  justification for purposes of sanctification, or all pride and disdain for Christ and His works.

Jesus Christ said the last days would be marked by antinomianism and that antinomianism would cause the hearts of many to be cold (Matthew 24:12; “because anomia will be increased”). And I can tell you, New Calvinists are among the most coldhearted people I have ever known, and I didn’t exactly grow up with the choir boys of society. Without further ado, here is the letter from one who is a part of the grace and mercy crowd:

Paul, you should just come out of the closet and write an article atriculating why you hate the Gospel and Jesus Christ so much. It is plain to all, based on your non-stop vitriol, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is of no continuing value or worth to you in your “christian” life. In your mind, Christ and his Gospel only had one limited purpose – to bring legal justification. After that, no more purpose, no more daily power, no more continuing preciousness. The Gospel is behind you. The cross is behind you. The Son’s triumph is behind you. No need to return there to daily die with Him. You’ve ‘prayed the sinner’s prayer.’ Time to move on. You’re good now. You’re beyond the Gospel. And you show it.

Obedience is now all about you and your own determination to attain a sanctification that comes through your own legal efforts – sans the Gospel and Christ’s daily empowerment of grace. Repent Paul. You are in the gall of bitterness. To live for Christ is to live the crucified life, to daily die with Him – this is the Gospel centered life. And you are tragically missing it my friend. In fact, you are violently and proudly opposing it.

This note was sent in regard to the Dr. Devin Berry post. Being offended by that post is very telling—the idea that elder preaching is efficacious to spiritual growth and that our personal study only supplements it.


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  1. Tom MacLeod said, on February 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Sanctification occurs by grace through obedience, a cooperative work done with the Holy Spirit (The Helper) by following the precepts spelled out in the Scripture. I don’t believe that when Jesus said his “yoke was easy” that he was referring to the Gospel. He was referring to the law.

    If you mother asks you to do something for her, do you do it? Why? Because you love her? Because you owe it to her because she birthed you? (Or because of the 5th Commandment)


  2. Randy in Tulsa said, on February 9, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    At least he did the truly Tullian thing and called you “my friend” at the end.


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on February 9, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      (((((: no doubt.


  3. said, on February 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    I am just glad it is not the 1500’s and they don’t have magistrates to hunt you down!


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