A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of being interviewed by RJ Grunewald (youth minister at Faith Lutheran Church) on preaching law and gospel. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
You can find it here.
"The Law drives us to Grace. Grace gives us the power to fulfill the Law"
PT this was a statement made by a very well known "new-calvinist" in a futation of the Lutheran view of the sermon on the mount. If you need the refutation I can post it in comments. This statement, to me, is nothing but law with no Gospel filled with despair by men who have the illusion of their personal holiness. When you ask them do you believe you have the holiness necessary for which "without" you will not see God they really have to back off, how can anyone say yes to that without the words gagging in their throat and if they say yes its in Christ alone "we have to do our best, not perfectly, but you must be pursuing radical holiness" then I have to ask how much "personal" holinesss on our part will be adequate for which will satisfie the requirements of God for our personal holiness in order to see Him.... I could go on. I dont want grace to obey the law I want (Grace-Jesus) saying your in son stop worrying about it! Thanx Mike
I think you'll like this:
And some of you others, as well. Of course some will cry foul.
Mike, you are right on! When we make the Gospel just a new law, it's not the Gospel.
We are free. Truly free. NOT "free so that we may…yada, yada, yada."
Truly free…from the law.
I really love the wisdom Tullian sheds here. We are to always to expose the Saviour to the people who are not giraffes but sheep.
I agree with you Steve and Mike that the Gospel should not some kind of a tool to empower us to fulfill the righteousness of the law. That's the job for the Spirit (Rom. 8:4). The Gospel is the message of grace about the forgiveness of sins (1. Cor. 15:3-4), but the Spirit the personal and conscious Messenger who teaches us how to live in righteousness. A huge difference there.
By the way, John Coe's article about dangers of moralism is one of the most profound things I've read: http://journals.biola.edu/sfj/volumes/1/issues/1/articles/54
I think Tullian is applying these realities in his preaching and that's why the Lord is using him so much.
I'm working through a MacArthur article now that is rather puzzling concerning this whole grace, law, and gospel thing. Are we (that's a polite "we") making the New Covenant actually worse than the Old? I think so.
After having attended some of John MacArthur's worship services, and after listening to a great many sermons of his, I am quite convinced that he regularly jumbles up law and gospel and does not know their true purposes. I really do not see how anyone could be left with any assurance at all after listening to him. Unless, of course, they are actually deluded into believing that they are doing quite nicely in their obedience project.
And that's my problem with his posts concerning sin and the work of the cross and the Spirit. I think he misses the point of 1 John 3:4-9. But who am I to question MacArthur? Just kidding.