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The gospel is the church's most precious possession, "for it is the power of God unto salvation," and the debates over its content are not likely to disappear by a generous dosage of muddleheadedness of which we evangelicals seem to be in rather large supply these days.

"A theological shift is underway among evangelicals as well as other Christians...This trend began, I believe, because of a fresh and faithful reading of the Bible in dialogue with modern culture, which places emphasis on autonomy, temporality, and historical change." (1) This announcement from Dr. Clark Pinnock, a respected evangelical theologian, is neither a criticism, nor a warning, but a promising development in the view of its author.

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1 [ Back ] Dr. Clark Pinnock, A Case for Arminianism: The Grace of God and the Will of Man (Zondervan, 1989), p. 15.
2 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 27.
3 [ Back ] Theodore Beza, The Christian Faith, trans. by James Clark (E. Sussex: Focus Press, 1992), p. 41.
4 [ Back ] Outler, ed., Wesley's Works, vol. 2, p. 127.
5 [ Back ] William Law, Christian Perfection, (Creation House, 1975), pp. 137-138.
6 [ Back ] Donald Alexander, ed., Christian Sanctification: Five Views (IVP, 1981), p. 84.
7 [ Back ] Ibid.
8 [ Back ] "Salvation by Faith," by John Wesley, Timothy Smith, ed., Whitefield & Wesley on the New Birth (Zondervan, 1986).
9 [ Back ] "Minutes of the First Annual Methodist Conference," in Timothy Smith, ed., op. cit., pp. 155-158.
10 [ Back ] John Lawson, Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Zondervan, 1986), p. 217.
11 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 226.
12 [ Back ] Pinnock, op. cit.
13 [ Back ] Ken Myers, All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes (Crossway, 1989), p. 186.

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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Arminianism" May/June 1992 Vol. 1 No. 3 Page number(s): 15-19

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