Salvation by Grace Alone, Through Faith Alone — a sermon by Dr R Scott Clark
Using the text Ephesians 2:1-10, Dr R Scott Clark calls out lots of heretical views that are current today and are recycled versions of heresies the church has refuted in past centuries. Here are the false teachings which he calls out:
- The idea that salvation has two stages and our final salvation will depend on faith and works. Clark doesn’t name in the sermon the people who are teaching this today, but the primary culprits are John Piper, Desiring God, Thomas Schreiner and Mark Jones. Clark has made it abundantly clear in his blog and on twitter that John Piper is a proponent of this unorthodox idea.
- The New Perspective on Paul (N T Wright)
- The Federal Vision (Doug Wilson et al)
Dr. R Scott Clark is Professor Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California where he has served since 1997. Professor Clark is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Church and is an Associate Pastor of Oceanside Untied Reformed Church in Carlsbad, CA.
Further Reading and Listening
The Connection between #MeToo and the rejection of ‘salvation by faith alone’ (Sola Fide) – Barbara Roberts shows how the rejection of sola fide and the wrong interpretation of biblical precepts for righteous living is connected to many women and children being sexually harassed and assaulted.
What Precisely is the Disagreement with John Piper? – one of Brad Mason’s many posts in which he explains what is wrong with Piper’s view of salvation.
Lordship Salvation, an interview with Pastor John Fonville – Theology Gals, Episode 35. Highly recommended for those who have the energy to dig into the history of how John MacArthur and John Piper have a ‘Lordship Salvation’ framework which is the substratum that gives rise to a lot of other problems in their doctrine.