Monday, September 27, 2010

The White Horse Inn does it again, and again, and again

I love to hear the White Horse Inn, don't get me wrong, but sometimes their zeal becomes mere denunciations of things that they don't agree with, regardless if they understand them or not.

Take their blatant misrepresentation of the New Perspective on Paul. According to Ken Jones and Kim Riddlebarger, the New Perspective teaches that one must do good works in order to be saved. If you want to hear it, listen to this week's podcast, at minute 31:45.

I would admit that the NPP is very broad, but to teach that, I am more amazed that they seem to know more than the people who uphold and promote the NPP.

Take for example N. T. Wright. He is the best NPP proponent, and what he proposes, is not that our salvation is based on our works, rather, that we will be rewarded by the quality of life lived after knowing Christ. Our salvation is secured, but the rewards are one thing that God gives us out of his goodness. Let's see two passages that you never hear at the White Horse Inn:

Hebrews 11:6 (New International Version)

6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (New International Version)

1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Paul and the writer of Hebrews are not talking about earning salvation, but the rewards the believer receives from being faithful to the God of the Covenant.

To me, the God that the Bible shows is even greater than the one that these guys, even though well intentioned, show. This God not only saves us without any merits necessary, but gives us his Holy Spirit so that through Him we can do good works, and to top it off, he rewards us for those good works!!

How good a God is that???!!!!!!

Luis A. Jovel

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