May 16, 2017
April 25, 2017
The following Q&A recently appeared at Dr. John VanGelderen’s Revival Focus blog.
Dear John: Would you please explain the main difference between the Reformed theology sanctification model and the Keswick model?
|Dr. John VanGelderen|
- Arminian theology (at least with those of a thoroughgoing persuasion) views faith as unfettered choice. Man is responsible to believe and can believe when he wants to.
- Reformed theology (with those of a thoroughgoing persuasion) views faith as inevitable for “the elect.” Faith is viewed as a human work. So, to insure salvation by grace, and keep “works” out of salvation, those whom God elects are regenerated in order to believe. Regeneration precedes faith. If you are regenerated, it is inevitable that you will believe, and it is inevitable that you will persevere in progressive sanctification.
- Keswick theology views faith as responsible faith. Faith is not viewed as a work, but rather as dependence on the Worker—God. Faith is man’s response of God-dependence to God’s convicting work. But man can resist or respond to God’s conviction. It is not inevitable. This principle would apply to salvation and Christian growth. Faith is a responsibility that is not a human work. Faith is the cooperation of a relationship of trust in God, both His will and power. Keswick is often defined as “sanctification by faith.”
Keswick: A Good Word or a Bad One?
Keswick theology teaches that “progressive sanctification” does not mean an inevitable gradual sanctification, but rather that sanctification is accelerated by faith choices and is hindered by choices of unbelief. Obviously, the Holy Spirit keeps working, but believers are responsible to cooperate in faith for sanctification to progress according to God’s will. Keswick teaches that just as justification is by faith, so also sanctification is by faith.
April 17, 2017
are two basic premises in the process called thinking. Within each premise
there are a variety of differences, but at the poles of each there is a
difference as great as that between night and day. In philosophy, this idea is
demonstrated in Raphael’s painting, The School of Athens. At the center
of the painting, Plato is pointing upward and Aristotle holds his hand
downward. Each of them is emphasizing his center of thought and authority - Plato
the absolutes or ideals and Aristotle the particulars of earth.
April 10, 2017
In Defense of the Gospel: Biblical Answers to Lordship Salvation, from the chapter, What is Biblical Repentance, pp. 133-138.
9) John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith,
10) John MacArthur, Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles, p. 33.
March 23, 2017
some point in life when the future looks brief, it is a wise thing to take
stock of one’s own life. With that in mind, it dawned on me that my life is
really made up of the people I have known. Each of them has put something into
my life. These days I am attempting to say thank-you to as many of them as I
can. It has turned out to be a slow process, so let me turn to the Shepherd’s
Staff to reach as many of you as I can. If you know me to any degree, you are
one of those individuals. Our contact may have been brief, but you left
something with me when our paths intersected.
My mother exhibited genuine Christianity. Instead of being bitter over the circumstances of life, she used them to minister to others. Even in her advanced age, she was ever the servant. It was her patience and love that drew me to her Savior. Many of her positive traits were a gift to me, and I am thankful for those qualities. They often say that it is the woman in a marriage who makes the man what he is. I confess that that is true in my life. Ruth’s remarkable patience has made all the difference. Mother-in-law jokes never worked for me. God gave me a great one, and I loved her dearly. There were many other family members who had a part in my growth, but these are just a few.
March 13, 2017
February 23, 2017
Statement Re: John MacArthur’s IFCA International Membership
In John MacArthur’s recently published book Biblical Doctrine, his position regarding the nature and extent of the Atonement is clearly presented in the section entitled “The Extent of the Atonement” (pages 543-565). This section confirms that he changed from the position he held at the time of his admission into IFCA membership in 1980.
|Dr. Les Lofquist, Executive Director IFCA|
I respectfully requested that Dr. MacArthur withdraw as an individual member of IFCA International, which today he has done.
“I’m happy to withdraw from the IFCA with nothing but gratitude for the fellowship I have enjoyed through the decades. I am grateful for the exemplary faithfulness of the men who stand for the truth without compromise and have been willing to include me. My confidence in those strong men who love the truth, written and incarnate, will continue to make them my friends.”
Dr. John MacArthur