Jesus, Personal Lord and Savior

February 15, 2013 § 3 Comments

I have always been bothered by many of my Reformed and Covenantal peers’ contempt for the term “receiving Jesus as personal Lord and Savior.” I am well aware that many who use this phrase have absolutely no ecclesiology to speak of and have so privatized their faith that, in their minds, there is no such thing as a “capital C” Church. What all too often emerges in this criticism, however, is a reactionary, man-made doctrine of corporate salvation that is, in my reading of Scripture, far more dangerous than the individualism that typifies most of those who are broadly evangelical. It is yet another willingly opened chute that slides back to the very theological darkness upon which the Reformation shone the light of truth.

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