We believe there is only one God, creator of heaven and earth. This God exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only rule to teach us what we must believe and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe that all are sinners by nature and by choice. All are guilty before God and deserve his wrath and curse forever. Our very best falls short of meeting his righteous demands and cannot merit his favor. We believe the salvation of sinners is the sovereign work of God alone. As sinners, we cannot contribute to it in any way. Even the faith by which sinners lay hold of Christ is the work of sovereign grace, not the work of sinful nature. We believe that apart from the grace and mercy of God, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead, there is no hope for sinners. Sinners are justified before God by the grace of God alone and through faith alone in Christ alone. We believe any "faith" that does not involve a thorough turning from sin and a purpose of heart to obey Christ's commands [repentance] is not the faith the gospel demands. Human works form no part of the basis of our justification before God. We believe there is only on mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. We believe the new covenant fulfills the spiritual promise of blessing God made to Abraham’s seed. That promise was made, not to any of Abraham’s physical seed as such. Instead, the promise was made to Christ and all who are united to him by faith.
Just published at http://truthunchanging.wordpress.com "Sanctification--How Does It Happen?" This is an excerpt from a booklet I am writing entitled, Safe and Sound about God's work of justification and sanctification. Please feel free to leave a comment.
There is perhaps nothing that has caused more confusion and controversy regarding the doctrine of salvation as the failure to understand the differences and similarities between justification and sanctification. Over forty years ago, I first read Holiness by J. C. Ryle. The distinctions he makes in that book have helped me immeasurably. Though I have not reproduced his comments verbatim, I am indebted to him for what follows.
How are justification and sanctification alike?
There are several ways in which justification and sanctification are alike:
We have just published ¿Qué Hace que funcione el evangelio? por Randy Seiver. (paperback 76 pages). This is the Spanish translation of What Makes the Gospel Work? The blurb on the back cover reads, "The Bible says that the gospel is good news for the world because it is the power of God for salvation. It is more important than ever that the chruch of Jesus Christ speak to the world with perfect clarity about the most important message of life.
Oh! By the way, George, why don't we tell the folks what I actually did write about the Law (Old Covenant). Please notice I didn't even use the word, "wrong." Besides that, there is a difference between saying something was wrong with the Old Covenant and saying the Old Covenant was "wrong." George, I know the truth doesn't matter to you, but maybe someone reading this will care.
I want to give you an example of the kind of garbage that continues to be strewn by opponents of New Covenant Theology. The following is an excerpt from an article entitled, “Randy Seiver on Right and Wrong.” by Dr. George M. Ella. You can read the entire article at: http://evangelica.de/articles/randy-seiver-on-right-and-wrong/ Don’t expect to find anything in his article that closely resembles my position, but that doesn’t seem to matter to Mr. Ella. This is what he wrote:
I recently read the following statement on a blog that prides itself in exposing the errors of New Covenant Theology: “Faith, belief, obedience—all the same. Obedience doesn’t come from faith or flow from faith, it is faith.” It would be helpful if those who want to fight one doctrinal position or another would park their keyboards until they put their brains in gear.
Life is frustrating! I had planned to try to analyze and respond to a few of the outlandish charges that George Ella makes in his indictments against New Covenant Theology, but I honestly don’t know where to start. If he is right in his accusations against NCT, these wretched heretics ought to be roundly rejected by everyone who loves God and truth. But, is he right?
This is what he wrote, “1. The Church started at Pentecost, and there is therefore no “Church” as such in the Old Testament/Covenant.
Several years ago, I wrote an exposition of all the texts that comprise the librettos of Handel's Messiah. Though it is not specifically addressed to the issues of New Covenant Theology and the Doctrines of Grace, it often touches on these subjects. I am publishing it here for your edification and instruction. Our prayer is that God will use it for His eternal glory and for the good of His people. Check it out at www.new-covenant-theology.org<
We have just published at www.new-covenant-theology.org In These Last Days: A Biblical-Theological Study of Hebrews. Understanding the message of this epistle is essential to a proper understanding of New Covenant Theology. We hope you will read it and interact with it.