I am a Calvinist.
I’m still reeling from seeing respected members of my sect sending twenty one martyrs proclaiming Christ with their last breath to the pit because they did not hold to our doctrine.
The doctrinal formulation that my tribe treasures above all others is that of salvation by grace alone through faith alone.
I believe that doctrine with my whole heart, soul, and mind.
That doctrine is precious to me and I’ll defend it to the end.
That doctrine, however, is not the Gospel.
The martyrs, say the purists, held to a “false Gospel” that cannot save.
I contend that they were not the ones holding to a “false Gospel”.
The Gospel is simple and found in 1 Cor 15 and the preaching of the New Testament.
Jesus came, He died for our sins, He rose again, and He will return to judge the quick and the dead.
Through faith in Him and His work we can be saved from our sins.
That’s the Gospel.
The rest of our stuff is the religion we build around it.
That stuff doesn’t save…or condemn.
Those martyrs were not holding to a false Gospel, they believed some things doctrinally that I disagree with.
They were holding… to Jesus.
More importantly, He was holding on to them.
A false Gospel is one that says that knowing Jesus isn’t enough.
A false Gospel is one that puts faith in doctrinal formulations instead of the person and work of Christ.
A false Gospel is one that says you can’t love others as family that believe the true Gospel, but not what you’ve built around it.
Thankfully, the true Gospel even covers Calvinists…
Make your own application…