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He misquotes Augustine, and his book offers law, not gospel: for John Ortberg, the good news is that Jesus showed us how to be better.
Over and over, Ortberg disappoints the Christian reader by beautifully setting up everything for a 200-proof gospel presentation that he never delivers. This book describes Jesusâ€™ workâ€”everything but the most important part.
All he's doing is helping us do is prove who Jesus Christ is and his power and his glory that works in us which are the believers .... Every knee shall now and every tounge shall confess that Jesus is Lord!
"He keeps stepping back in his narrative, looking from a greater and greater distance, probing for the ultimate reason why Christ had to die. Then he finds that reason â€” in Christâ€™s own choice to show the world a better, more sacrificial way."
Poor dab. He has not seen the glory of a substitutionary atonement; he stands in the pulpit to preach but he's never been born again; he leads others, but not to heaven.
It happens all over the world. Even the majority of Bible Colleges are now full of unbelieving teachers like this PCUSA pastor.
What a wonderful thing it is to have one's eyes opened, ears unstopped, and brought to faith in a crucified, risen Saviour. But the majority of men are too proud to have eternal life as a gift, too self-righteous to acknowledge themselves as sinners, too blind to see Jesus Christ as the propitiation for sin, and too deaf to hear the good news that JESUS SAVES through his perfect life, atoning death, and glorious resurrection and ascension.
The small remnant are blessed indeed, and each one ought to be able to humbly say, "Praise the Lord, I am what I am by the grace of God." And - looking at these unbelievers - "There, but for the grace of God, go I."
There's a very prominant PCA pastor who's recently published a book teaching that Christians are totally depraved. When did Reformed theology become this incoherent, even by the finest Reformed theologians in the pulpit?