Not from Galatians, Please!

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Once while worshiping at a church in Africa, I heard a woman preaching the health-and-wealth gospel.  If that wasn't bad enough, she was preaching from the book of Job.  I feel similarly about the appeal for unity-without-truth in Christianity Today's negative critique of Together for the Gospel (T4G) .  It's bad enough that the author, Bret McCracken, endorsed N. T. Wright's dictum that "nothing justifies schism" (on this, see Phil Johnson's excellent blog post) and relegated the doctrine of justification to the category of "theological minutia," commenting, "Paul, after all, speaks of justification only in a few places (Romans, Galatians, etc.)."  This is bad enough, but did he have to make this argument from the book of Galatians?!  When Wright and, by extension, McCracken base their appeal to unity without truth on Galatians 3:28, they, like the woman preaching the prosperity gospel  from Job, fail to recognize the context.   After all, Paul speaks of unity in Christ only after the apostle rejects those who differ on justification as anametha (1:9) and divides even with the apostle Peter over this matter of doctrinal "minutia" (2:11-14).  This, then, is my prayer for today: Please, Lord, no more prosperity gospel sermons from Job and no more unity-without-truth appeals from Galatians!

Posted April 27, 2010 @ 2:29 PM by Rick Phillips
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