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Garbling the Gospel [Paperback]

By III Hebert Leo (Author)
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Evangelicals often criticize Roman Catholics for adding to the gospel, but are they guilty of doing it themselves? The author is firmly convinced that, in order to defend the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone, evangelicals have inadvertently added at least one unbiblical requirement for salvation to the gospel message. Furthermore, he argues that many of the statements evangelicals frequently make about faith and belief are simply wrong. After much thought on this issue, he has concluded, despite many claims by evangelicals to the contrary, that
- "trusting in Christ and Christ alone" is NOT a biblical requirement for salvation!
- faith (or belief) really is "mere" intellectual assent!
-one is born again simply by believing certain facts about Jesus Christ!
- and, perhaps most startling of all, belief in Christ is NOT a choice!
The author also discusses a number of other topics in this book:
- the apparent origin of the phrase "trust in Christ and Christ alone for salvation" - and why it's misleading
- why the famous "Niagara Falls" analogy (which supposedly illustrates the difference between genuine faith and "mere" intellectual assent) is logically flawed
- why the second chapter of James does NOT prove that faith is something other than "mere" intellectual assent
- why the biblical definition of faith exlcudes the possibility that belief is a choice
- why the "once saved, always saved" view of eternal security is dangerously misleading
- why it is a mistake to use the book of Galatians to "prove" that works have nothing to do with justification
- why the author, a lifelong conservative evangelical, finally became convinced that Luther's doctrine of justification by faith alone is WRONG!

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Xulon Press
Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.98" Width: 9.01" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 9, 2005
Publisher   Xulon Press
ISBN  1597814024  
ISBN13  9781597814027  

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Garbling the Gospel, Very Interesting  Jul 20, 2006
I read Mr. Hebert's book and found it to be a quick and easy read. It really made me think long and hard about "additions" evangelicals make with the regard to salvation. My favorite part of the book is Part II. Mr. Hebert discusses various issues surrouning salvation. I like the way he addresses these topics very clearly. Garbling is a worthwhile read and would make a very interesting topic for a small group study/discussion! I definately recommend!
A must-read for evangelical Christians  Jun 13, 2006
Leo Hebert's "Garbling the Gospel" is an excellent book. He makes a convincing case that we evangelical Christians use extra-biblical language ("pray the sinner's prayer" "ask Jesus into your heart" "there's a God-shaped hole in your heart" etc.)in our witnessing that garbles the gospel. He also cites several verses that prove that "believing" in/on Jesus is, if fact, mere intellectual assent. And he also provides a solid case for lordship salvation--the belief that a person who is truly saved will do good works and live a life in obedience to Christ.

He is basically arguing that we have misinterpreted Scripture in many areas concerning salvation and have based the language we use when sharing the gospel with non-Christians ON these misinterpretations and come out with a garbled gospel. For example, instead of encouraging lost people to "repent, be baptized and follow Jesus," we say "pray this simple prayer." The latter is a part of a garbled gospel based on extra-biblical language.

Bottom line: This is an excellent book on soteriology (the study of salvation) that every evangelical Christian should read.

A Clear Understanding of the Gospel  Dec 20, 2005
"Trust in Christ and Christ alone", "Accept Jesus", "Ask Jesus into your heart", "Receive Jesus", "The 4 Spiritual Laws", "The Sinner's Prayer", "Make a decision for Christ", "Make a commitment to Christ", etc.

Do all these phrases really mean the same thing? -- Or are we evangelicals spreading an unclear gospel?

Mr. Hebert makes a compelling case that we have garbled the simple message of Scripture to "believe in Christ" and transformed it into something that's usually confusing and sometimes even wrong.

Although some of the ideas presented are not altogether mainstream, Mr. Hebert makes a commendable effort to be true to the Scriptures -- much more so than many preachers I hear!

An excellent read and very instructive. Highly recommended.

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