“I have been writing this volume while residing in Germany for a teaching trip. I am humbled by penning these 95 theses in the same country as Martin Luther did many years ago. I submit these to the evangelical church of our day and pray that God would allow anything of truth in these pages to bend and change men’s hearts back to God.” – Greg Gordon –
It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival. – A.W. Tozer
I am currently reviewing and commenting on 95 theses to the modern evangelical church “revised”! by Greg Gordon. The following discusses cheap and shallow teaches.
Presently, the ‘High-Calling in Christ Jesus,’ has never been offered at such a low level. Forgiveness without repentance, discipleship without obedience, salvation without sanctity, confession without consecration.
Hebrews 10:29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Hebrews 4:11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
Lately, I have sought repentance and better understanding of this issue, myself. I feel that in the past, I treated God’s grace cheaply. The Bible makes it clear that while grace and salvation do not cost us a dime, we must follow the Word of God, and we are to take sin very, very seriously. Jesus said, “Be ye perfect.” Many pastors say that the law of God is good, “But we are actually unable to keep it.” This is a Biblical lie. Jesus commands us to follow God’s Word. We do that via sincere repentance, obedient discipleship, sanctification through the blood, and confession with one another and God that actually leads to consecration.
Such terms as: Introspection, counting the cost, godly sorrow over sin, repentance from dead works, are all foreign to this church age of cheap grace.
Acts 2:37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
This ties into Thesis 22 so closely, that I do not have much to say here. The verse in Hebrews 6:1-2 does remind me of the reason I left my first church many years ago. Simply put, we never moved past elementary teachings. We never learned discipleship. We were never taught about Holy living. It was essentially the salvation message over and over. That, of course, has an important place in the pulpit…but if we never teach deeper into what that means and, more importantly, where it should lead, we have a challenge on our hands. If a plant is not water, it stops growing. And, as it does, it also dies. Many in the church never grow and wither out because they are only taught ‘cheap grace.’
By His Grace,