With all the hooplah about the Rick Warren-John Piper controversy, contrast the Warren message with the message expressed at a conference in California, featuring none other than R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur and Michael Horton.
The Gospel is not “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” nor is it “God gives you meaning for life,” said Dr. R.C. Sproul, prominent author and founder of Ligonier Ministries.
Sproul was in Los Angeles this past weekend for Ligonier’s West Coast conference, which ran under the theme “Christless Christianity.” He was joined by prominent theologians including Dr. Michael Horton, John MacArthur and Peter Jones to examine the popular misunderstandings of the Gospel today.
“Together we’ll sort the true gospel from the gimmickry,” conference organizers said.
Objectively, the Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, being born under the law, as a human, living a perfect life (by the aid of the Holy Spirit), and giving His life as a substitutionary sacrifice for others, Sproul explained to conference attendees.
But it doesn’t stop there, he continued. By the power of the Holy Spirit He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and promises to return to consummate His kingdom.
And it is by faith alone – sola fide – that we are justified, he added. Righteousness is imputed to you and appropriated to us by faith alone, the theologian stressed.
The biblical Gospel, however, is not being faithfully preached in many churches, the speakers indicated.