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Easy Believism Reaches into the PCA

Posted by Matt Postiff March 15, 2012 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Theology 

The Trinity Review had a good article by Timothy F. Kauffman critiquing what I would call a cheap grace or easy believism version of Reformed theology being promoted by some well-known PCA pastors. The article is entitled "Sanctification, Half Full: The Myopic Hermeneutic of the 'Grace' Movement, Part 1" (Trinity Review, no. 304). It reviews the positions of Steve Brown at RTS, Tullian Tchividjian at Coral Ridge Presbyterian in Florida, and Tim Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York.

Kauffman claims that these men are promoting a passive approach to sanctification that in fact merges sanctification into past justification, eliminating the active participation of the believer in his sanctification. This was interesting to me because it seems I have heard of a debate like this in another circle some time ago...Also, based on Kauffman's review and quotes, their teaching seems to me to have some ideas in common with so-called exchanged life teaching.

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