A Jagged Contention: Unconditional Gospel


“An unconditional gospel-promise will always be suspected of fostering all sorts of theological and ethical mayhem: quietism, formlessness, antinomianism, cheap grace, social irresponsibility, and moral laxity.  The ills of the modern world sooner or later will be blamed on the gospel—or some distorted form of it.  ‘Now that the gospel has come,’ Luther quipped, ‘men have learned the fine art of blaming all the evils of the world on it!  As if these evils were not in the world before the gospel!  Just as men blamed education for the fact that as education spreads their own ignorance is exposed!'”  

-Gerhard Forde, “The Apocalyptic No and the Eschatological Yes” in A More Radical Gospel. (28)


Have you found Forde’s insight to be true in your experience?  Does the preaching of the unconditional gospel create suspicion of antinomianism, et. al.?  Where do you think the fear of God’s free gifts comes from? To put it in practical terms: Why are we so afraid that preaching Christ crucified for sinners will produce acceptance of gay marriage?

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