Dear Readers of IDOTG,
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our wonderful and all-sufficient Savior who loved us and gave Himself for us (Gal. 2:20). I am pleased to announce that, by God’s sustaining grace, the book I’ve been working on for the last few years is finally available. It is titled, The Gospel of the Christ, and subtitled, A Biblical Response to the Crossless Gospel Regarding the Contents of Saving Faith.
The host of this site, Lou Martuneac, has kindly offered to post sample sections from Part I of the book in forthcoming articles. In light of this, permit me to introduce this series by sharing a few words about my purpose and goals for the book.
My objective in writing the book was to provide a biblical response to the controversy within the Free Grace community over the subject of the “crossless gospel” and the contents of saving faith. Part I of the book lays the groundwork by introducing the problem of the crossless/promise-only/Grace Evangelical Society (GES) gospel and its associated doctrines. The remainder of the book still interacts with the new GES theology but it is primarily an exegetical synthesis of dozens of key passages involving the terms “gospel” and “Christ.”
The longest section of the book, Part II, clarifies the meaning and content of “the gospel,” while Part III examines the meaning of Jesus being “the Christ.” In this respect, the book goes far beyond simply providing an answer to the position of the Grace Evangelical Society on the contents of saving faith since it addresses many soteriologically significant passages and theological topics from a distinctively non-Lordship Salvation/Free Grace perspective. For this reason, I trust that the book will serve as a helpful resource on the doctrine of salvation for members of Christ’s Body who are seeking clear, biblical answers.
It has also been my prayer all along that the Lord would use this book to bring clarity, resolution, and unity where confusion and doctrinal discord have existed for too long in the Free Grace camp. May the God of all grace now be pleased to use the book to this end and even to edify each of you as you endeavor to serve our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to spread the gospel of His matchless grace.
Your fellow bondservant in Christ,
Editor's Note: This is Pastor Tom Stegall’s introduction to a new series in which I will be featuring excerpts from his new book. Please proceed to excerpt one from The Gospel of the Christ: The Sinlessness of Christ, which will link you in succession to each excerpt in the series.
Some of you will recognize Pastor Stegall from his multi-part series, The Tragedy of the Crossless Gospel, which can be downloaded from the Grace Family Journal (see Recommended Sites).
September 8, 2009
Dear Readers of IDOTG,