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Zondervan’s koinonia blog posts a video where I explain the rationale for my new book Evangelical Theology.
Here’s the video:
Love it! Evangelical theology as an understanding of God that grows out of the evangel (good news).
Friend, there just ain’t no such animal. Let’s start with Robert Schuller, then move on pass Joel Olsten, wave at Chuck Swindoll, make a pit stop at Rick Warren’s place, visit Billy Graham, take a close look at John MacArthur, fill up our tank at the shrine of TBN then head on out to the hinterland of history so we can ask Count Zinzendorf, John Whitfield and John Wesley, or perhaps Luther, or Calvin, what this animal looks like, and I’ll guarantee you that you’ll run out of gas before you get past the 16th century and you will still not. have a consistent theology except for a few pet phrases.
VAIN ATTEMPTS TO DISCREDIT GOD’S WORD ABOUT SALVATION
Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (NKJV)
Critics claim that since Jesus did not say he who is not baptized will be condemned; therefore water baptism is not essential to be saved. If a heart surgeon told you that if you have a heart transplant you will live; he would not have to explain to you that if you refuse the heart transplant you will die. Negatives are understood. If the electric power company informs you if you pay your bill the power will be turned back on; you do not have to be informed that if you do not pay your overdue bill the power will not be restored. Negatives are understood.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)
The apostle Peter did not have to say unless you repent and are baptized your sins will not be forgiven. Negatives are understood.
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