Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Whole Truth

"The contemporary church has the idea that salvation is only the granting of eternal life, not necessarily the liberation of a sinner from the bondage of his iniquity. We tell people that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives, but that is only half the truth. God also hates sin and will punish unrepentant sinners with eternal torment. No gospel presentation is complete if it avoids or conceals those facts. Any message that fails to define and confront the severity of personal sin is a deficient gospel. And any 'salvation' that does not alter a lifestyle of sin and transform the heart of the sinner is not the salvation God's Word speaks of."

MacArthur, John. "He Recieves Sinners But Refuses The Righteous." The Gospel According To Jesus. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2008. p. 73-74

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