Welcome to the new look at In Defense of the Gospel. It is a subtle, but important change. At the top of my blog you will see that I have inserted a scene with the cross as the focal point.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” (1 Cor. 15:1-4).This passage defines the Gospel: Jesus, the Son of God, died (on the cross) for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. This is the Gospel message, which the Corinthians first received from the Apostle Paul, and by belief in Jesus and what He did to provide salvation they were born into the family of God.
The focal point of discussion and debate at In Defense of the Gospel is not necessarily over the question of a weak Gospel verses a strong Gospel, but of the one true Gospel standing apart from all other false gospels. As we have defined and refuted the egregious errors of Lordship Salvation and the Crossless Gospel believers are becoming better equipped to recognize these errors and biblically refute them.
Just two days ago, I had a call from a pastor who had some sense that the Zane Hodges Crossless interpretation of the Gospel was antithetical to the Scriptures. He read several articles here and The Tragedy of the Crossless Gospel at the Grace Family Journal.
The reading confirmed his suspicion and worst fear that Hodges had gone too far with trying to answer Lordship Salvation and thereby himself has corrupted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That pastor is now better able to protect his congregation from either Lordship Salvation or the Crossless Gospel gaining a foothold in his church.
Any alteration of the Gospel either by addition or subtraction must be exposed and rejected! This is the primary focus of, In Defense of the Gospel.
Lordship Salvation errs by addition, the Crossless Gospel errs by subtraction.