A Jagged Contention: No Qualifiers

“The gospel invites us to believe not that we are safe provided, but that we are safe period. It is not that sin should not have dominion over us, but that it cannot, for its power has been destroyed by Jesus. It reigns in our death, of course, as it always did, but what is that?  What is it to have sway over a valley of dry bones? The main thing is that it does not reign over Jesus, and Jesus is our life.

“And there is the crucial point: therefore we are safe. Not safe, if…not safe, as long as…not safe, provided…Add anything—even a single qualifier, even a single hedge—and you lose the gospel of salvation, which is just Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”

– Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon and Three, pg. 109


What are ways you have seen qualifiers added to the Gospel of salvation? Why are we so prone to qualify the Gospel?

One thought on “A Jagged Contention: No Qualifiers

  1. In my opinion, the reason we wrestle with this idea of “qualifiers” is because we cannot fully grasp the notion that the word of God often refers to acts of obedience and necessary good works throughout the Old and New Testaments. This causes us to attempt to explain and understand the separate functions of Law and Gospel, and Grace and Works. Our rational side and our psychological reason cannot easily embrace faith alone without asking….”I know Jesus paid for my sins, but what can I do to add to my salvation? It is an age old dilemma….but the answer is still…”We can do nothing to add to His work. We can just be thankful for God’s grace and seek to obey and please Our Lord as a fruit of faith.”


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