Sunday, June 3, 2012

What Should Free Grace Theology Never Change?

     In an excellent article titled “A Theology of Change,” President Ken Daughters of Emmaus Bible College warns against changing the gospel message. Notice what he says under the heading “What Should We Never Change?”: 
“I also suggest that we’re not allowed to change the message, which is the gospel itself. It’s taught to us in I Corinthians 15:3-5 that 'Christ died for us according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day and that He appeared.' It continues in passages such as Acts 17:30-31 where ‘God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent because He’s fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness.’ Our response is summarized in Acts 16:31, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.’ This is the good news that we proclaim. We cannot change the message.”1


1 Daughters, “A Theology of Change,” Emmaus Bible College Journey Magazine (Fall 2006): p. 15. NOTE: The Emmaus Bible College is said to “come down on the Free Grace, not the Lordship Salvation, side [of the theological debate].” (David A. Glock, “Periodical Reviews,” Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society 5 [Spring 1992]: p. 90,; cf. James A. Townsend, “Grace in the Arts,” Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society 11 [Autumn 1998].)

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