This book was originally written during the late 1980s when the "Lordship Salvation" controversy was brewing. The controversy was no mere kerfuffle, but centered upon the question of whether a professing Christian could live in sinful conduct unabated. Prominent dispensational leaders such as Zane Hodges and Charles Ryrie claimed that a person could be a "carnal Christian." A carnal Christian, according to MacArthur, is one who has accepted Christ's offer of eternal life but has been totally unchanged in his heart and lifestyle (11). On the other hand, MacArthur explains that when a person is saved he cannot merely receive the offer of eternal life, but must also surrender to Christ's lordship, which becomes evident in the his obedient conduct (15, 43).
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Issue: "Christ in a Post-Christian Culture" Jan./Feb. 2009 Vol. 18 No. 1 Page number(s): 39-40
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