by Bruce Morton
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Excerpt from the Tract:
Eric Elnes is stretching the word “grace” to cover people in all religions and ultimately all people. Somehow, in some way, he suggests that God will extend salvation to all.
The thought is a comfortable one, but surprisingly ignores one of the narratives that Eric Elnes raises earlier in his book. Elnes again neglects Peter’s clear statement in Acts 10:34-5: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” The question “Progressive Christianity” faces is whether all do what is right?
So, what about those who live in conflict with God? Jesus pointedly answers when he says that, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). The deep longing to see everyone as okay before God ignores the words of Jesus. It Americanizes the phrase “grace of God” to be what it is not. It deceives people into sidestepping the decision to follow Jesus.