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- Publisher: Zondervan; Revised, Anniversary, Expanded edition (May 26, 2009)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0016H97GO
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I am reading this book again for the second time in as many months. MacArthur makes it abundantly clear time and time again that salvation is by grace thru faith and not meritorious and there should be no doubt in the reader's mind with regard to his position on this. MacArthur does a masterful job of proving his argument and answers opposing views straight on with clear biblical support. The Gospel According to Jesus is a must read for every believer and is now one of my all time favorite books, (which is saying a lot because I swore I would never read anything from MacArthur again). The topic and the truths presented are very compelling. Please read!
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If you are someone who is worried about the lack of authentic Christianity around and feel there is a dissonance between the Christ of the Gospels and the Christ presented by certain preachers, teachers and lay people then you probably need to read this.
I wouldn't suggest it for newbies because unless they already have a good grounding it's probably a bit too academic for them.
That's another point to make - the author is an academic so don't buy it if you just want an easy read. This is challenging and may even help you deepen you understanding of the true nature of Christ and Salvation.
But I haven't reached the end of the book yet so I hope it doesn't make me want to eat my words! And I will not cheat by reading the last page, even for an Amazon review:)
In Decisional Salvation, a person is considered saved at the moment they publically confess the belief
that Jesus died for their sins. The person does not have to do anything beyond this to be saved. The person's lifestyle beyong this is not considered critical. If the professing Christian brings forth little or no fruit, this is considered unimportant so long as they still believe in Jesus.
In Lordship Salvation, merely confessing Christ is Lord is not enough. The person has to walk their talk as well, as James 2:17 underlines. MacArthur uses James 2:19 to show that merely believing the correct things doesn't make a person saved, as even the devil believes the core truths of the gospel, but isn't saved! Furthermore, the Bible states even a professing Christian can still end up in Hell (Matthew 7:23), so merely believing Jesus is Lord and calling Him so isn't enough. These passages present what MacArthur concludes is a rebuttal of Decisional Salvation.
At this point MacArthur clarifies that he is NOT teaching works salvation, which would be heresy. He states that works do not save us. However, works ARE a good indicator of whether or not a person's profession of faith in Christ is genuine. MacArthur frequently distinguishes between mere professions of faith, where a person believes themself saved but isn't, and 'saving faith', which is the genuine article. Works are therefore visible evidence, the 'fruit' a genuinely saved person would bring forth (Galatians 5:22-23). MacArthur argues that if a person who calls themself a Christian but does not produce fruit, it is fair to assume they are not truly Christian. He invokes passages (e.g. Matthew 7:17, Luke 6:43) to show that fruitless 'Christians' will suffer damnation.
MacArthur believes several things distinguish genuine Christian living from the counterfeit: obedience (John 14:15, John 15:10), self-denial (Mark 8:34), growing in holiness (Hebrews 12:14) and perseverance (1 Corinthians 9:24). Living your life devoid of these symptoms should act as a warning sign to any professing Christian that they may not possess genuine 'saving faith'.
The book is incredibly challenging, and well worth a read to anyone who takes their faith seriously.
But let us come to the point. It's a good read, with strong exposition of God's message. It's very clear about what Jesus want's from his body the Church: Commitment and alliegence unto death. In other words a marriage vow.
Be blessed and try every spirit.