John Pedersen said:
> The aforementioned is not the gospel of Scripture. It is a false gospel of
> blessing conditioned on the sinner. In its concern to make sure
> that one is
> not acting because of "coercion", it is really encouraging legal bondage;
> enslavement and coercion of the most insideous sort.
This all sounds so bold and uncompromising. Words like "false gospel" and "legal bondage" and "enslavement and coercion of the
most insideous [sic] sort" sure sound like John is standing firm for the gospel and against the false gospel. I, too, was fooled by these
words at one time. What John doesn't tell you is that he believes that the words of Piper could be coming from "a regenerate person
speaking as an unregenerate person would speak." When he calls this a false gospel and when he says that Piper is encouraging
bondage and enslavement and coercion, he is not saying that Piper is necessarily lost. After all, John believes that when A.A. Hodge
said that Calvinism and Arminianism are both necessary components of the true gospel, this statement didn't in and of itself mean that
A.A. Hodge was lost, even though John would admit that what A.A. Hodge promoted was a false gospel. Beware of this kind of
double-talk -- IT is of the most insidious sort.
Soli Deo Gloria,
John Pedersen said:
> 4. Those who have believed unto righteousness by the hearing of the
> are nevertheless subject to the assaults of Satanic deception and can,
> for a
> time, be found under the influence of that deception (Galatians 1:6ff;
> 3:1ff.). Under such a situation, they require rebuke, repentance, and
> instruction. God's people are distinguished by their acknowledgment of
> and repentance. They heed correction. They hear the voice of the Good
> Shepherd ( Revelation 2:12-29; I John 1:9,10; John 10:27).
According to Pedersen, God's people are NOT distinguished by the gospel they confess; they are distinguished by their
acknowledgment of sin and repentance when they are confronted with their sin. According to Pedersen, God's people can and do
confess a false gospel, and since confession of a false gospel is NOT a certain evidence of lostness, Christians are NOT to judge all
who confess a false gospel to be lost. Instead (according to Pedersen), we must wait to see how they respond to rebuke and
instruction and correction. And if they respond to rebuke and instruction and correction by saying that they were sinning when they
were confessing a false gospel, then we must judge that they are and were regenerate. In fact, Pedersen believes that a regenerate
person can confess what A.A. Hodge confessed:
"Here, as everywhere else, there is essential truth on both sides of every controversy, and the real truth is the whole truth, its entire
catholic body. Arminianism in the abstract as an historical scheme is a heresy, holding half the truth. Calvinism is an historical
scheme which in its best representatives comprehends the whole truth with considerable completeness. But the case is essentially
different when we come to consider the great co-existing bodies of Christian people calling themselves respectively Calvinists and
Arminians. Each of these parties holds all essential truth, and therefore they hold actually very much the same truth. The Arminians
think and speak very much like Calvinists when they come to talk with God in either the confession of sin or the supplication for
grace. They both alike in that attitude recognize the sovereignty of God and the guilt and helplessness of men. Indeed, how could it
be otherwise? What room is there for anything other than essential Calvinism on one's knees? On the other hand, the Calvinist thinks
and speaks like the better class of Arminians when he addresses the consciences of men, and pleads with them, as free, responsible
agents, to repent and believe in Christ. The difference between the best of either class is one of emphasis rather than of essential
principle. Each is the complement of the other. Each is necessary to restrain, correct, and supply the one-sided strain of the other.
They together give origin to the blended strain from which issues the perfect music which utters the perfect truth."
Pedersen believes that A.A. Hodge could have been his brother in Christ when he (Hodge) penned these words. After all (according
to Pedersen), Hodge could have just been one of those regenerate persons under the influence of Satanic deception, and who knows
how he would have responded to rebuke and instruction and correction?
What vile, disgusting perversion.
Soli Deo Gloria,
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