2nd Draft Revision of The EFCA SOF, Pt. 10
OK, we’ll do this backwards. Since we’ve already had a question on point 10, here’s the text of the statement followed by the commentary of the Spiritual Heritage Committee
10. God’s gospel calls for a response which determines the eternal destiny of every person—
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel, turning to God in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the unbeliever will face judgment and eternal conscious punishment, while the believer will experience eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
God’s gospel calls for a response which determines the eternal destiny of every person—
Evangelicalism has always emphasized the need for a personal response to the gospel message, and we believed this theme provides a fitting conclusion to our Statement. In any biblical soteriological scheme (Calvinist or Arminian), the objective work of God in Christ which we have expounded requires a subjective response.
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel, turning to God in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ—
Here we spell out more clearly the kind of response the gospel requires. The New Testament presents the gospel not simply as an invitation to be accepted, but also as a command to be obeyed (cf., e.g., 2 Thess. 1:8—”He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus”). The proper response to this command, however, is one of faith, which alone is the instrument of our salvation.