Reformed or Deformed?
“For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.”
Quote: “We never want to focus on more narrow aspects of Reformed theology to the neglect of truths that are central, and that we share with many other Christians.”
– C.J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries.
At the heart of all doctrinal error is the denial of particular redemption, most often in a subtle (cleverly indirect) manner. Such as Satan, who said, “Thou shalt not surely die” (Genesis 3:4).
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
The above quote from a Reformed preacher who claims to believe the doctrine of God’s sovereign grace reveals what he, (along with a multitude of others), really believes. He cleverly and deceitfully states that total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement (particular redemption), irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints, are not vital and central to the gospel.
He calls them “more narrow aspects”, and further states that they are not “truths that are central”. To appease and embrace those who hate and deny the very truths that are central, (not just aspects), and vital to the glory of God, the gospel of Christ and the salvation of the elect, he further states that there are “many other Christians” who do not believe the truth.
Such charismatic rhetoric reduces and pollutes the blessed gospel of Christ in His redemptive work to nothing more than just another doctrine in the mix for rebels to accept or reject, and in the mere acceptance thereof are none the better and God is blasphemed.
The Reformed movement of our day is nothing more than an attempt to bridge the gulf between Calvinism and Arminianism at the expense of the truth for personal gain and self-glory. To make the truth palatable to all men is impossible without perversion and compromise. Those who do so shall be rewarded for their efforts.
All The Truths of God are central, narrow and are the focus of the true gospel and every believer in Christ.
By Tommy Robbins