Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Gospel: Good News or Good Advice?

Michael Horton and others at White Horse Inn talk about the modern tradition of "living" the Gospel instead of preaching it.

Link to broadcast.


  1. This appeals to all human beings because we are all wired for law.

    ...and I thought it was because we were given a conscience by God... strange!

    The gospel therefore is not good advice that needs to be applied, but good news to be believed.

    Tell it to Christ. (Matthew 5:48; John 14:15, 21)

  2. the modern tradition of "living" the Gospel instead of preaching it.

    Matthew 7:21  ¶Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

  3. Lucian -

    I don’t think you’re taking them in context, and you're taking snippets while ignoring the rest of their point. The White Horse Inn established a couple of times during the broadcast (even in the opening blurb) that they aren’t excluding living a godly life. The issue is that the essence of the Gospel - what the Gospel is - is our redemption on the cross and the resurrection of Christ, reuniting His flock with God. That is what the apostles proclaimed throughout all of Acts. Michael Horton and others are reacting to those who turn the Gospel into a “life goal,” focusing on the sanctification and the “good moral lessons” rather than the ultimate message of the gospel.

    As He said near the beginning, the Gospel is an announcement, not a piece of advice, and a distinction has to be made between Law and Grace.