T4G: R.C. Sproul   Leave a comment

Dr. Sproul reflected on 50 years of faithful ministry. He has not only been a unashamed minister of the unadjusted gospel, he has been a warrior of the gospel fighting against all sorts of adjustments and heresies. Amongst the greatest attacks on the gospel he’s encountered are: the synthesis of the gospel, and the improvement/adjustment of the gospel. These two points are related, so I’m just going to make some points on it.

Throughout history, and even within the last 50 years, there have been numerous worldviews and philosophies that have pitted itself directly against the Christian gospel. Friedrich Hegel’s dialectic idealism (which stated that there was an antithesis for every thesis, and the only way to come to truth was to form a synthesis) brought within Christian thought an idea that compromise and synthesis was necessary–that the gospel needed to be adjusted with changing times and more intelligent minds. From this Hegelian school of thought, there arose ideas such as liberation theology (which sought to snythesize Marxism and Christianity) and theo-tanantology (which argued that since God was spiritual, language could not adequately make any statement about God) and and neo-gnosticism and open-theism (which synthesized Christianity with philosophy and a humanistic understanding of free will) and the breakdown of sola fide (through attempts such as “Evangelicals and Catholics Together”).

Many within the church have made such syntheses; they have, as Francis Schaeffer said, “lost its sense of antithesis.”

Sproul rebuked such adjustments, such attempts to make the gospel more palatable for modern society. He said, “None of these syntheses are satisfied to declare from one generation to the next that which is received from the apostles–the unvarnished Word of God that doesn’t need to be made more palatable by guilding it with the brass of pagan philosophy.”

The biggest threat to the gospel is the fidelity of the ministers of that gospel to the message of that gospel. Don’t try to improve the gospel because it’s not your gospel–it’s God’s gospel. Don’t try to improve the gospel because… well… you can’t improve upon the one true gospel of Jesus Christ, in which a sinless God becomes man and dies on the cross in order to save sinners from the wages of their sin if they would but come to Him as Lord and Savior.

Next up is Al Mohler…

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Posted April 14, 2010 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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