LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

To Be Clear

I, Mark Pierson, hold to doctrinal positions that would earn me the moniker "L/S Calvinist". And though I differ with MacArthur on how he views 2 Corintians 13:5 I do not shy away from that label. In my spiritual and theological journey of the past 36 years my views that one coming to Christ MUST surrender to His Lordship as well as to His salvation in order to be saved have done nothing but to solidify. In this I differ greatly with the classic dispensationalists.

Over the past twenty years I have developed a great disdain for that system that teaches that only the Savior-hood of Christ should be preached to the lost, while His Lordship should be taught only to those already saved. I believe that it is wrong that they teach that there is such a thing as the "carnal Christian", one who can go on to live a life that is completely indifferent to the claims of Christ after having once made a profession of faith. I do not hold to the "once saved, always saved" mentality. I do not have any respect for a system that seems to throw all of Christ's Kingship into some future millenium, thus changing the biblical face of Christianity wherein Christ's Kingship is experienced within the heart and mind of the truely converted - a true Christian.

In short I fault the system of classic dispensationalism for having altered the face of biblical Christianity. They have put forth a view to the unsaved masses that Christianity is a ticket to Heaven, while watering down the truth that Christianity is discipleship, that one coming to Christ is taking upon themselves Christ's yoke - His rule in their lives - and has then and there become a learner of His ways.

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Blogger Susan said...

Can't add much more to that, Mark, than a hearty "Amen!"

I think watered down Christianity is the bain of the American church. Very sad. And dangerous.

April 22, 2009 8:53 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Thank you, dear sister!

April 22, 2009 8:55 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
I strongly believe that doctrinal error and bad theology can lead to even more error and harm to the Church of Jesus Christ. Put in a positive way, The more Biblically sound a theological system is, the greater chance that system will have to interpret the details of Christian theology correctly.

The classical dispensational system that you mention can lead one down many harmful paths of incorrect theology.

April 22, 2009 9:08 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Wayne,
one of those "harmful paths" is the notion that "sons of God" is a merrited position - only for those who apply themselves to discipleship. They say that they are saved by faith, and are disciples by obedience. Actually, because of Christ's crosswork, the benefits of the New Covenant in His blood are applied to that one. It's called conversion, where faith and repentance are two sides of the same coin. That one is now a new creation who is created for good works. God imediately begins transforming that one into the image of His Son. That is his unthwarted plan for ALL Christians. All Christians become a habitation of God through the Spirit - become His temple.

April 22, 2009 10:52 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

They also have Mark 8:34-38 as being only for that audience then, not for us today. They have found a way to dispensationalize that portion of scripture too. In that portion of scripture Christ was readying a people who would follow Him after Pentecost, much like He was doing in John 7:37-39.

April 22, 2009 11:41 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

In fact their dispensationalizing of Mark 8:34-38 and other similar portions of scripture provides them with a springboard into this "believe the facts only" gospel presentation. From there they have a non-starter place to say that faith is not volitional. Once they find a clever way to divide faith in Christ from discipleship it opens up a whole new world for them to preach a repentencless gospel.

April 22, 2009 12:06 PM

 

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