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    Semi-pelagianism Masquerading as a Theology of Grace

    The Carnal Christian doctrine (i.e. The theology of Zane Hodges, Charles Stanley and the grace evangelical society), is, at best, semi-pelagianism masquarading as a theology of grace. Fact is, it takes as much grace to believe as it takes grace to love and obey. Believing the gospel is no less difficult than obeying the law without Spiritual renewal of heart. ... But adherents of this view think that by stripping the gospel to bare bones faith they are promoting the most genuine form of sola fide, but since they reject faith as the result of something the Holy Spirit works in them (Ezek 36:26; John 6:63, 65) they hide their true identity as a religion which trusts in self ... ascribing their believing to their own wisdom and sound judgment, propelled by ones own native resources and not Christ alone. It is truly only grace alone when even sola fide is understood as the result of grace. We cannot use sola fide (faith alone) as a way to neglect sola gratia (grace alone). By allowing semi-pelaigianism at the front end (faith) they think they are in the clear with their antinomianism in the back end (life after faith). This is then how they can give a stamp of approval to shallow sinners' prayers and subsequent unholy living.

    Posted by John on October 28, 2013 07:01 PM

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