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The Doctrine Most Missing in the Church
UPDATED: We were recently contacted by Dr. Steve Lawson's ministry with an update after this episode went live (onepassion.org/statement-on-justification). We are thankful for the update. We were unaware of this update when we recorded this episode. We normally record 4-6 weeks in advance. Justin and Jon's concerns are not fully addressed in this update which is why this video has remained live on our channel.
A video was released by One Passion Ministries in which Steve Lawson answered the question, "What doctrine is most missing in churches today?" His answer was the doctrine of regeneration. While that sounds good, where he went with it was concerning. In the video, Dr. Lawson said that justification by faith alone in Christ alone is, in a sense, just paperwork in heaven--and that it does nothing to change your life. What do we make of that? How should we respond? Jon and Justin have that conversation on today's episode.
Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue the conversation around Steve Lawson's comments about justification, the new birth, and the change of life. The guys also talk about reasons for recording an episode like this.
Resources:Steve Lawson's video "What doctrine is most missing in churches today?"Our episode on “The Resting Heart Rate of the Christian Life”Justin’s sermon on Faith Alone, In Christ Alone
UPDATE: Statement by Lawson's ministry onepassion.org/statement-on-justification
The Spirit Will Lead You into All Truth
Many Christians in our day are convinced that they can grow in understanding and reach a better knowledge of the truth on their own. The perspective is, "I have the Bible. I have the Holy Spirit. I'm good to go." After all Jesus says the Holy Spirit will lead the disciples into all truth when he comes. That's true. But how does he do this? Jon and Justin examine the Scriptures--that the Holy Spirit inspired--to see how we are grown in our knowledge of the truth.
Semper Reformanda: Jon answers questions submitted by members in today's S|R episode.
Resources:Our episode on "I Just Believe the Bible"Our episode on "Authority Gone Wrong"Our episode on "Is Your Theological System Any Good?"Our episodes on Law/Gospel DistinctionOur episodes on Covenant Theology
I Just Believe the Bible
"I'm just saying what the Bible says." "I just believe the Bible." "That's what the verse says." Have you ever heard people say these things while contending for a theological position that sounds off to you? This practice has a name. It's called biblicism. As Christians, we all want to be people of the Word. The question is whether we are handling the Word correctly. Many people through history have drawn false conclusions by "just reading the Bible" divorced from orthodox theological frameworks. Jon and Justin have a conversation about all of this in today's episode.
Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk more about the inherent inconsistency of biblicism, as well as the significance of theological debate through the history of the church.
Resources:Our episode: “Is Your Theological System Any Good?”Our Introduction to Covenant Theology SeriesJustin’s sermon: “The Promised Gospel of God’s Son””Reexamining the Eternal Sonship of Christ” from John MacArthur
The "Prove Yourself" Gospel
It is Reformation Week. And here at Theocast, in the tradition of the Reformation, we always seek to clarify the gospel. When we do, people respond in somewhat predictable ways. "Well, you do believe that Christians are required to obey, right?" "Obedience is required for salvation." Are these questions indicative of misunderstanding? How should we respond to these kinds of questions? Jon and Justin double down on union with Christ by faith in today's episode.
Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin discuss the vitriol that often meets the clear proclamation of the gospel. The guys talk quite a bit about holiness and how many people's definitions of holiness are off-centered.
Resources:Our episodes on 1 JohnOur episodes on Lordship SalvationOur episode on Easy-Listening Legalism
Have We Missed the Point of 1 John? (Part 2)
In today's episode, the second of two episodes on 1 John, the guys consider some specific passages from the letter that are often used to unsettle Christians and cause them to question their standing in Christ. 1 John 2:3 and surrounding, as well as 1 John 3:4-10, are discussed. How should we understand John's words on keeping the commandments and making a practice of sinning? Should these verses produce fear and doubt?
Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin put a bow on the conversation about 1 John. The guys rejoice in the goodness of the letter and contrast that with how it is often taught.
Resources:Justin's sermon series on 1 John
Have We Missed the Point of 1 John? (Part 1)
At Theocast, we get as many questions about 1 John as we do any book in the Bible. It is often a book that has been used to cause Christians to question whether they are really legitimate. But is that the reason John wrote the letter? In today's episode, the first of two episodes on 1 John, Jon and Justin give an overview of the letter and discuss the purpose for which the apostle wrote it.
Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk about how far removed we are from the historical context of 1 John--and why that matters. The guys also reflect further upon the apostle's gentle, pastoral, and reassuring tone in the letter.
Resources:Justin's sermon series on 1 John
This podcast has been such an encouragement to me on my journey. Specifically, the episodes that explain law and grace distinction, were transformational for me. There’s also a pastoral heart in their teaching that comforts the weary sinner. I’m so grateful to have found this podcast!! Thank you guys!!
Beyond helpful. Paradigm shifting. Thank you, brothers!! Praise God for His mighty working in you both… SO blessed by ya’ll.
And, love and appreciate how you both just get right to it …🙌🏼
Comforting and Rich
I’ve just started listening after recommendation from my best friend and I’m so glad I did! I come from podcasts such as Assurance of Pardon and Distilling Theology which are excellent for a layman preparing for a life of ministry like myself but the content here on Theocast is simultaneously comforting and convicting. I am comforted by the reminder of grace and convicted by what I have tried to mold grace into so as to please God when God is pleased in Himself to impose His own righteousness upon His people. There’s is no topic apart from Christ yet every episode approaches in a different and thought provoking way. Just listening has caused me to Google words I don’t know, read passages of scripture I’ve never read, and has just improved my ability to keep up when it comes to theological discussions. The cliché “You guys don’t pull any punches” does not apply here, you make it very clear that, as scripture tells us, Christ holds His bride firmly and will lose none. Keep it up! Glory to God!