[Posts in “fictional conversations” are sometimes (but not always) adapted and edited from non-fictional correspondence. They are usually lightly edited with intelligibility in mind.]
Christian: Come to particulars, man.
Cowardly-Credulous: Yeah, sure. I mean is anyone else besides you and your ilk saved? You guys have the gall, the temerity, the audacity to judge unregenerate the great prince of preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon!
Christian: Spurgey? It sounds like you take serious issue with our righteous judgment of C.H. Spurgeon. Well, he is one of the most promiscuous spiritual whores in the whole history of the visible whore church — indeed, he is very well spoken of among the God-haters. They find his theological promiscuity quite amiable. They speak well of him based on the false gospel of Galatians 1:8-9, rather than the true gospel of Romans 1:16-17. Spurgeon and other false peace-speakers remind me of those lethal lime-daubers in Ezekiel 13 who were destroyed by God for speaking peace apart from the ONLY ground of peace: The atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. THIS is the gospel of peace. This is what ALL believers have believed in the Bible (from the OT and the NT) and throughout history.
Cowardly-Credulous: Wow. We can go back-and-forth all day about what the gospel is. All I know is that Christ is the gospel. He is the good news. He is the righteousness of God. He is the power of God. He is God. I don’t deny the gospel nor do I deny the power of God. You deny the gospel because you deny the saving power of God that was clearly at work in Spurgeon.
Christian: Huh. According to your sinister scheme I “deny the gospel” because my judgment of Spurgeon accords with Romans 10:1-4. Apparently, zeal coupled with ignorance of the sole grounds of acceptance with God, fruit unto death, and doctrinal dung is clear evidence of “the saving power of God.” This is a CLEAR contradiction of Romans 10:3, 7:5, and Philippians 3:8-9 (just to name a few).
Cowardly-Credulous: Do you really care about the glory of Christ? Is that why you’re so firm and fanatical in this position that you now stand in? Or is it just about you? Is it about you always being right?
Christian: When you (along with Spurgeon) embrace as your spiritual brethren, those who believe that the blood of Jesus Christ was a propitiation for those who perish, do you ever think to ask them (or yourself) the question: “Do you really care about the glory of Christ?”? They believe their own efforts make the difference between salvation and damnation, rather than the work of Jesus Christ alone making the ultimate difference. Is this not the VERY EPITOME of someone being “just about [themselves]?”
When you reflect upon your spiritual brethren casting shame and reproach on the redemptive work of Christ, do you not ask yourself whether or not you care about the glory of Christ? You spit on Christ’s redemptive glory by judging yourself and others saved while believing He died for those who perish in hell. You would have sinful man “saved” at the expense of Christ’s redemptive glory. I echo the Apostolic boast in the cross of Jesus Christ (cf. Galatians 6:14). Yet, according to you, this cross-glorying boast implies that it’s just about me.
Cowardly-Credulous: Have you ever considered that you have become extremely harsh in your dealings with people instead of gently instructing them? (2 Tim. 2:25) I realize Spurgeon is dead, but I refer to those of a similar irenic and charitable spirit as him.
Christian: Do you realize that there are certain instances recorded in the Bible where being “extremely harsh” is deemed a virtue? Please read some of the extremely harsh things Jesus said to the devout men and respected theologians of the day. Read about the mocking of the prophets of Baal done by Elijah. Witness a striking instance of John the Baptist’s seeker-hostile ministry in Luke 3:7 (cf. Romans 3:11). Did Jesus and John violate the instruction of 2 Timothy 2:25? Or did they violate the eisegetical gloss that you coated the text with by your failure to compare Scripture with Scripture?
Jesus did deal “less harshly” with the woman at the well in John 4. But He still exposed her sin which many “post-moderns”and “evangelly-fish” would probably say was at least mildly harsh, judgmental, and not conducive to civil discourse.
You gently rebuked me with 2 Timothy 2:25 for judging certain people unregenerate (lost). Permit me to explain the irony in that. Please note what the rest of 2 Timothy 2:25 says (along with verse 26). Those who need repentance granted to them by God are lost and under His wrath. Methinks you like the “gently instruct” part, but not the “granting repentance” part of that passage.
Cowardly-Credulous: But have you ever considered that you might be wrong?
Christian: Have you ever considered that you “might be wrong” about thinking that I’m wrong about the gospel of Jesus Christ being the power of God to salvation wherein the righteousness of God is revealed? Have you carefully and thoughtfully considered that “you might be wrong” about the false gospel of Galatians 1:8-9 being the power of the sinner unto a “salvation” that NULLIFIES Jesus Christ as a propitiation (cf. Romans 3:25)?