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29 July, 2007 / theexpositor

Grace Makes Salvation Possible

from Tell the Truth by Will Metzger

“For the Christian church (even in it’s recently popular seeker services) to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally uninteresting.” (Cornelius Plantinga Jr., quoted by J.I. Packer, “Doing It My Way: Are We Born Rebels?”, Zondervan 2000, p 44.)

“It is only in the context of disobedience that mercy has relevance and meaning. Mercy is of such a character that disobedience is its complement or presupposition, and only as exercised to the disobedient does it exist and operate.” (John Murray, “Epistle to the Romans” in New International Commentary on the New Testament; Eerdmans 1968, p 102)

What could have caused such indifference, even among churchgoers? It is a failure to understand and ‘feel in one’s heart’ four great truths that the doctrine of grace presupposes; 1)the sinfulness of sin; 2)God’s judgment; 3) man’s spiritual inability; and 4) God’s sovereign freedom.” (J.I. Packer, quoted in James Montogomery Boice, ‘Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?’, Crossway 2001, p110)