Pride Destroyers , Doctrines of Grace

Posted: August 14, 2013 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, Reformed Theology

“What are the ‘doctrines of grace’ and why do they matter? Such is like asking, “What does the Bible teach about the very heart of the gospel, and does it matter one way or the other?” The doctrines of grace are the biblical teachings that define the goal and means of God’s perfect work of redemption. They tell us that God is the one who saves, for His own glory, and freely. And they tell us that He does so only through Christ, only on the basis of His grace, only with the perfection that marks everything the Father, Son, and Spirit do. The doctrines of grace separate the Christian faith from the works-based religions of men. They direct us away from ourselves and solely to God’s grace and mercy. They destroy pride, instill humility, and exalt God. And that’s why so many invest so much time in the vain attempt to undermine their truth. The religions of men maintain authority over their followers by 1) limiting God’s power, 2) exalting man’s abilities, and 3) “channeling” God’s power through their own structures. A perfect salvation that is freely bestowed by God for His own glory is not a “system” that can be controlled by a religious body or group. And even more importantly, such a system is destructive of any sense of pride in the creature man, and if there is anything man’s religions must safeguard, it is man’s “self esteem.””

Dr. James White

  1. kim says:

    I understand where he is coming from, but I don’t agree in total.

    It does not reduce the glory of God to become partakers of his divine nature as Peter talks discusses. Jesus actually prayed:John 17:22 .The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one”. Shared glory of this kind does not lesson His glory. Yes, salvation comes through Christ on the basis of his grace, all very true. But it does not reduce God’s glory to say that the Bible teaches more than an extra nos type of righteousness. If one believes that the Bible teaches an imputation of righteousness that involves a real change by infusion this does not limit or reduce God’s glory; I would say it does the reverse. As Jason Stellman writes:

    ““To give an illustration, the Reformed person—because of his zero-sum notion of divine action—should criticize Jesus for commanding and enabling the cripple to pick up his mat and go home. But the whole point of the Catholic gospel is seen in this action: Jesus doesn’t just heal the man and then carry him around for the rest of his life. Instead, he heals him and then enables him to live. And when that ex-cripple walks to the store the next day, he’s not threatening Jesus or robbing God of glory. Likewise, the Catholic understanding of Spirit-wrought obedience glorifies God rather than infringing on his turf.”

    Likewise it does not reduce God’s glory to see that he uses the sacraments as a means of grace. What He authorizes redounds to His glory.

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