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2nd Draft Revision of The EFCA SOF, Pt. 10

February 15, 2007

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.

 

Comments?  Questions?

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  1. mullyboy82 permalink
    February 15, 2007 6:09 pm

    What’s the role of the Spiritual Heritage Committee? Are they proposing the premillenial changes?

  2. February 15, 2007 7:39 pm

    See, I’m not very good with this denominational administration stuff, so you might want to double check my answers by reading this:

    http://www.efca.org/about/media/sof_update_2006-04-27.pdf

    But I think the Spiritual Heritage Committee is the group that works on the draft revision of the statement of faith and then makes recommendations to the board of directors who then presents it to us.

    So the Spiritual Heritage Committee is behind the new wording in the draft, which means yes, they are for removing premillenilaism from the statement.

  3. mullyboy82 permalink
    February 15, 2007 9:11 pm

    So, how are we to be careful in presenting the gospel as a command from God and not just an invitation?

    I mean, I’ve been in churches where they could be described as seeking a response to an invitation and not a command. These churches are not necessarily unbiblical but their gospel-presentation felt lacking in a way I couldn’t describe. Maybe this is it.

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