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The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. Paperback – November 7, 2012
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(Man from Georgia)
I just finished your book. I am loving the heart of the father you are describing so well. great book. Thank you for the insight.
(Pastor from Michigan)
I started reading your book the Gospel UnCut . It is saving my life. Thank you so much for writing it...
(Woman from California)
I am humbled by these and other sentiments expressed by many whose hearts God is healing and encouraging through the message of THE GOSPEL UNCUT. All glory to Him...
Grace and Peace,
Jeremy White, Author
This book has personally helped me get past faulty understandings of Scripture with relation to forgiveness of sins, God's grace, God's love, and how much he cares for all of us.
I was once a victim of works-based salvation thinking, that I somehow had to continually do things to continue receiving God's favor and love. Now, I am a believer in faith-based salvation, the correct Scriptural way of thinking about salvation. Once we are saved, we are saved indeed. Nothing can erase or enhance our relationship with God.
If you want to be freed from flawed thinking about sins and forgiveness, this is the book for you. It has highly helped my OCD and Depression, of which I struggle with scrupulosity.
God bless Jeremy White, his family, and his ministry. I pray that God continues to use him in a mighty way.
The author makes several questionable claims about the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone for which he offers no corroboration from respected scholars. Moreover, he makes a number of statements against what he perceives as a zeitgeist of works-based thinking in today’s Christianity.
On page 27 Pastor White references the “many legalistic teachers and movements” in the church today that endorse a Jesus-plus-human-effort theology, but he offers no examples. On page 100 he says, “Begging and groveling at the feet of the Almighty is neither surrender nor confession, yet this is the way countless believers relate to God on a daily basis”. Moreover, he stretches the definition of legalism so far as to accuse Adam & Eve of being legalistic when they covered their nakedness with leaves (p. 14).
Pastor White claims that in John’s Gospel, Jesus and John the Baptist were not calling people to repent of their sins, but to repent of their misconceptions of “what you think the Messiah will be like” (p. 20). He argues that it is a MYTH that: 1) Christian must “pray for God to forgive us of our sins” (p. 109); 2) Christians must “confess our sins in order to receive God’s forgiveness”; and, 3) “the Holy Spirit will convict us about our sin so that we turn from it” (p. 123). In reference to these claims he writes, “Sunday after Sunday, Christians are bombarded with the perpetuation of myths like these and others” (p. 124).
In his mind, those who teach that Jesus calls Christians to “come and die in order to find life” are “legalists and moralists” (p. 69). Where the New Testament speaks of Christians willfully sinning after putting their faith in Christ (e.g., Heb 10:26), and repenting of sins (e.g., I John 1:9), Pastor White argues that the authors are not speaking of “sin” as we normally understand it. According to him, the “sin” in Hebrews 10:26 refers to “refusing to trust in and rely solely upon the ‘better promises’ of the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus” (page 61). And, he tells us that I John 1:9 is specifically speaking to Gnostics for the sin of refusing to believe that a Holy God would take on human flesh (pp. 114-119).
In pages 22-23 Pastor White tells us that the SERMON ON THE MOUNT is NOT intended for the Church! He claims that Jesus was using the Sermon to elevate numerous elements of the Law of Moses to an “impossibly high standard of perfection for His audience to consider” and that these requirements are “liable to drive even the most ambitious God-fearer to despair.”
For example, Pastor White interprets Matthew 5:28 to mean, “If you lust after someone you are guilty of adultery.” But, he leaves out three very important words that Christ added to that statement, “in your heart”. Christ is alluding to the 10th commandment, which prohibits “coveting your neighbor’s wife”, a discipline that is NOT impossible to develop.
He claims that Matt. 5:21-26 says that we’re guilty of murder in God’s eyes if we’re angry with someone. While that interpretation is debatable, the passage is clearly calling believers to reconcile their differences, another entirely achievable practice for the whole-hearted Christ follower.
Pastor White then lists six additional commands that he considers impossible for believers to follow, but that in reality are well within the ability of the mature, Spirit-led believer:
Matt 5:38-42: Respond to evil with good. (Dr. King and even Gandhi obeyed this principle.)
Matt 5:33-37: Don’t make vows. And, always keep your word.
Matt 5:32: Marrying a divorced person is a form of adultery. (If so, don’t do it.)
Matt 6:15: God won’t forgive us if we don’t forgive others. (True. See Matt 18:32-35)
Matt 6:25-34: Learn to trust God for all your needs.
Moreover, Christ confirmed that the Sermon on the Mount is achievable AND intended for the Church:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock…But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand…” (Matt. 7:24-27)
EXEGESIS OR EISEGESIS?
Pastor White offers absolutely no support for his controversial views from any widely respected scholars or theologians. Yet, he asserts that he is presenting a correct and uncut version of the Gospel, in contrast to those that have been “editing” the Gospel through “attempts to add to or subtract from the work that Jesus has completed for us through His death, burial and resurrection!” (p. 5). He will accuse them of offering a “bait-and-switch” approach (p. 155).
He claims to pick up “where the great Protestant Reformers left off” (page xv). But, nowhere does he cite Luther or Calvin, the Westminster Confessions, or renowned theologians and pastors, modern or old, Covenantal or Dispensational, Calvinist or Arminianist. He will reference a few respected authors on the Rapture and authentic Christian living. However, those who support his arguments, or endorse his book, are relatively unknown contemporaries.
Yet, he will criticize such great men of God as John MacArthur (footnotes 8 & 15), J.I. Packer (footnote 73), John Piper (footnote 36), Wayne Grudem (footnote 74), David P. Nystrom (footnote 76) and even Francis Chan (footnote 77).
On page 12 Pastor White writes,
“Over the centuries legalistic cults and false religions
have appeared by the thousands, proving that people
will believe almost anything in order to sense the approving
embrace of the Divine.”
I agree. Furthermore, those false religions are often started by men who stand alone in their claim that they have discovered Biblical truths that others have been concealing from the church. I hope that Pastor White will revise this book with citations from respected scholars, and perhaps soften his characterizations of those with whom he disagrees.
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