Two Views of The Gospel by Will Metzger
|View of God
|Point of contact with non-Christians is love (God loves you). Therefore, Godís authority is secondary.
|Point of contact with non-Christians is creation (God made you). Therefore God has authority over your destiny.
|Love is Godís chief attribute.
|Holiness and love are equally important attributes of God.
|God is impotent before the sinnerís will.
|God is able to empower the sinnerís will.
|The persons of the Trinity have different goals in accomplishing and applying salvation.
|The persons of the Trinity work in harmony - salvation accomplished for and applied to the same people.
|God is a friend who will help you.
|God is a king who will save you.
|View of Humanity
|Fallen, yet has the ability (or potential) to choose the good.
|Fallen, and will not come to God by own will power.
|Seeks truth but lacks correct facts.
|Mind at enmity with God; none seek God.
|Needs love, help, friendship.
|Needs new nature (mind, heart, will), regeneration.
|Makes mistakes, is imperfect, needs forgiveness.
|Rebels against God, has a sinful nature, needs reconciliation.
|Needs salvation from the consequences of sin - unhappiness, hell.
|Needs salvation from guilt and the power of sin.
|Humanity is sick and ignorant.
|Humanity is dead and lost.
|View of Christ
|Savior from selfishness, mistakes, hell.
|Savior from sin and sinful nature.
|He exists for our benefit.
|He exists to gather a kingdom and receive honor and glory.
|His death was more important than his life.
|His death and his life of obedience equally important.
|Emphasizes his priestly office - Savior.
|Emphasizes his priestly, kingly, prophetic offices.
|An attitude of submission to Christís lordship is optional for salvation.
|An attitude of submission to Christís lordship is necessary for salvation.
|View of Response to Christ
|Invitation waiting to be accepted now.
|Loving command to be obeyed now.
|Our choice is the basis for salvation - God responds to our decision.
|Godís choice is the basis for salvation - we respond to Godís initiative.
|We give mental assent to truths of the gospel - decision.
|We respond with our whole person (mind, heart, will) - conversion.
|Appeal is made to the desires of the sinner.
|Truths are driven home into the conscience of the sinner.
|Saved by faith alone - repentance omitted for it is thought of as ďworks.Ē
|Saved by faith alone - saving faith always accompanied by repentance.
|Assurance of salvation comes from a counselor using the promises of God and pronouncing the new believer saved.
|Assurance of salvation comes from the Holy Spirit applying biblical promises to the conscience and effecting a changed life.
|Sinners have the key in their hands.
|God has the key in his hand.
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