About Me


Hello, my name is Jonathan Perreault. I'm an evangelical Christian and advocate of Free Grace theology. I started the Free Grace Free Speech blog in 2007 as a way to publish my thoughts on theology and defend the biblical gospel. The Bible says to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). I hope you enjoy the website. Thanks for visiting!

Some years ago I learned a wonderful truth of the Bible that Christians are trophies of grace (Eph. 2:7). I'd like to tell you just briefly about God's grace in my life. Let me start by sharing how I became a Christian. I was saved by the grace of God through faith in the good news of Jesus Christ about twenty-five years ago (Rom. 1:16-17, NIV; 1 Cor. 15:1-5; Eph. 2:8-9). Before my salvation I never really had peace about my eternal destiny. I went to AWANA's, memorized Bible verses, and prayed to receive Christ whenever I heard an invitation - even if it was on the radio! But something was missing. I had a hope-so salvation, not a know-so salvation. Then one Sunday morning when I was about ten years old all that changed. I was sitting in church and the pastor was illustrating the gospel story on a dry erase board behind him. He sketched out the cross and the empty tomb. He explained how Christ died for our sins and rose from the grave. It was like someone turned on a light in my mind and I realized something for the first time (2 Cor. 4:6). Although I was familiar with the gospel story (the basic historical facts of Christ's death, burial, resurrection, and appearances) - and I believed it, I came to realize that Christ died for me - for my sins! He shed His blood to save me (Eph. 1:7). As the saying goes: "Believing Christ died - that's history; believing He died for me - that's salvation!" Now I know I'm saved because it's not based on what I do (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 4:4-5; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5); salvation is based on what Jesus has done: "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures" (that's the key point),  "and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve." (1 Cor. 15:3b-5, NASB)! That's the gospel message. That's the good news of salvation - and as someone has said, it's simply deep. It's so simple and yet so deep with meaning and significance.

My family and I have a long history with traditional Free Grace theology going back to the early 1930's when my great-grandfather was a student at Moody Bible Institute. Needless to say, I've been an advocate of classic Free Grace all my life - ever since I got saved at least. I remember as a kid going out witnessing on the street corner on the campus of Marquette University with my church, sharing the good news of salvation by grace. College students would laugh at me: "What can a 10 year old tell us about God?!" they would say. The churches that I've attended for the majority of my Christian life have been influenced by graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary in the grace teachings of Lewis Sperry Chafer. I attended New Tribes Bible Institute, a school that is part of the training program of New Tribes Mission and claims Lance Latham - a well-known Free Grace advocate - as one of its original founders. It was at New Tribes that I became acquainted with the writings of Miles J. Stanford and other dispensational, grace-oriented Bible expositors. I also attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where I immersed myself in the writings of D. L. Moody, C. I. Scofield, William R. Newell, Charles Ryrie and others. I have been blessed to stand on the shoulders of giants. Yet I am - as the song says - "only a sinner saved by grace".

Although I have shared a little bit about myself, this blog is not "About Me" (Ps. 115:1; 1 Cor. 1:31). This blog is about the FREE GRACE of God and the truth of the gospel. That's what I will be focusing on and speaking freely about - that's where the FREE SPEECH comes in. I like what the Lord Jesus said to the apostle Paul in this regard: "Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you" (Acts 18:9-10, ESV).
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"but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ"

(Ephesians 4:15, NASB)

5 comments:

  1. Hello jonathon, enjoyed the readings. I agree with the gospel as presented in 1cor.15:3-5 and not cutting it off early. however, the gospel presented is not complete without the facts of the eternal god/man jesus christ. making these facts clear is also essential and not easily believed. i have been a follower of evangelical grace society for several years early in my christian life(even used their doctrinal statement as my own till they took the word hell out of their statement)the wrath of god is not a popular topic today.

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  2. Hi Gary,

    Thanks for your good thoughts!

    I agree that the deity of Jesus is essential to believe for salvation. I see the deity of Jesus set forth in the 1 Corinthians 15 passage in at least three ways:

    1. In the TITLE "the Christ" (1 Cor. 15:3) - In 1 Corinthians 15:3 the apostle Paul uses Jesus' divine title as a name, saying: "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures...." (1 Cor. 15:3). The appellation "the Christ" (or "Christ") is Jesus' divine title (see Matt. 16:16; John 20:31) and indicates His deity.

    2. In the TESTIMONY "that He was raised" (1 Cor. 15:4) - In 1 Corinthians 15:4 the apostle Paul goes on to say that Christ "was buried, and that He was raised...." - that is, raised from the dead. In the book of Romans, Paul further explains that Jesus "was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead" (Rom. 1:4).

    3. In the TIME ELEMENT "on the third day" (1 Cor. 15:4) - In 1 Corinthians 15:4 the apostle Paul further states that Christ "was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...." (1 Cor. 15:4). The reference to the resurrection specifically "on the third day" is an indication of Jesus' deity because it fulfills Jesus' own statement that "something greater than Jonah is here" (Matt. 12:41). Similarly, Jesus' resurrection on the third day indicates that "something greater than the temple is here" (Matt. 12:6; cf. Jn. 2:19-22). In other words, Jesus is more than a man - He is the Messiah, the promised Messiah of the Old Testament Scriptures!

    And so we see that 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 is the gospel in a nutshell, and the deity of Jesus is set forth in Paul's gospel in several ways. These are kernels of truth to be sure, but the truth is set forth nonetheless.

    For more information please see my article: In Defense of the Gospel, Part 4.

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  3. Hey Bud,

    Saw your blog. Give me a buzz on my e-mail. jarosbros@gmail.com this is Josh from when we went to New Tribes. Just thought we might catch up.

    Josh Jaros

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  4. Great site. I've been similarly expose (1st church was EV Free - Chuck Swindoll). But current church is heavily influenced by John Mac & Piper. So I go and search the scriptures and eee what others have to say.

    In Christ
    Brian Christensen

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  5. Blessings! Be encouraged!

    It looks like you have done your homework!

    I look forward to receiving your blog!

    If this means anything I guess I am
    an elect generalist knowledge worker interested
    in Biblical bi-literacy!

    More simple B.I.B.L.E be instructed before
    leaving earth! Homesick for heaven!

    Gerald Landis aka Jerry Landis
    Apopka, Florida
    brogerald@gmail.com

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