THE UNFINISHED GOSPEL-- A "CONTRACT GOSPEL"
THE UNFINISHED GOSPEL- is a "CONTRACT GOSPEL
The "saving faith" of the UNFINISHED GOSPEL is not the "empty hands of faith" as Francis Schaefer correctly terms the faith of the Biblical Gospel. This is "faith" with hands full of promises and pledges. Helping hands from a "helpless" sinner 30 Hands with an offering. An offering which amounts to MY PART.
Since the Unfinished Lordship-Gospel engages only with those willing to “come on those terms" (Point-7 quoted above), am I not entering into a contract when I insert “terms” into the Gospel, terms about which I can “boast”? Paraphrased, "Here is MY PART, the 'terms' required to finish the Gospel and gain salvation." That is, faith plus works. What does this "contract" do to the Gospel?
Salvation is no longer always and totally from the top down. My hands of faith are no longer empty or helplessly extended to receive the Free Gift of the Finished Gospel. The UNFINISHED GOSPEL from the top down meets halfway my helping hands extended from the bottom up. This is my offering--MY PART--to complete the "terms" for finishing the Gospel and gain my salvation. I promised, I pledged, I committed--and I can "boast" about it.
Yet Ephesians 2:8-9 says I cannot gain salvation " as a result of works, that no one should boast." If Ephesians 2:10 is trusted as a future works-IOU to validate my faith as saving-faith, then works are added to Ephesians 2:8-9. Grace is no longer Grace, and I can "boast".31 Ephesians 2:8-9 is unable to save without trusting in my future works--a Works-IOU-- the very opposite of what those verses say.32
This Unfinished Lordship-Gospel has no capacity to save anyone. The Biblical record of the lives of Lot, Samson, and Solomon are proof that the Lordship-Gospel is unbiblical.