February 6, 2008

It’s Not the Men; It’s the Doctrine

Dear Guests:

I want to take a moment to point out that none of my articles in the current series should be viewed as a personal attack on Antonio da Rosa himself. I am focusing my comments and analysis on the doctrine that Antonio is espousing at Rose’s blog and other blogs, including his own.

I am not calling into question Antonio’s character or motives. I am not questioning whether or not he is genuinely born again. I am dealing with and discussing doctrinal issues coming from a man who represents just how far askew of the biblical plan of salvation the Zane Hodges/Bob Wilkin “Crossless” gospel can lead unsuspecting believers.

Antonio’s growing number of extremes is a reminder of what can happen to any one of us who lose our theological balance on any major doctrine, especially the Gospel. A short time ago we saw Jeremy Myers dismissed from the Grace Evangelical Society because of the dangerous turns in thinking he took. If Antonio were on staff at a Bible-believing church or ministry I would have to imagine that he too would be dismissed, especially over his latest remarks on Mormonism.

I refer to these things simply to demonstrate what is happening to men in the Free Grace community that were deceived by the teaching of Zane Hodges; where it has and continues to take them in their personal theology.

There are biblical mandates that guide what our reaction must be to the teaching we are seeing from Antonio da Rosa and others in the Free Grace community who are advocates of the “Crossless” gospel. We must decide where our first loyalty lies: To the Word of God or to our friends and fellowships.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them,” (Rom. 16:17).

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us… And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother” (2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15).

The things Antonio is saying are representative of a great many in the Grace Evangelical Society’s, “Crossless” faction of the Free Grace community.

Pray for the recovery from doctrinal error of those who have fallen into the trap of the “Crossless” gospel.

Pray for one another and the unsuspecting that not one more believer will be swept into the extreme doctrinal errors that have their origin in the teachings of Zane Hodges and Bob Wilkin.


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