Heidelcast Minute: The Federal Visionists Deny The Protestant Distinction Between Law And Gospel

We deny that law and gospel should be considered as hermeneutics, or treated as such. We believe that any passage, whether indicative or imperative, can be heard by the faithful as good news, and that any passage, whether containing gospel promises or not, will be heard by the rebellious as intolerable demand. The fundamental division is not in the text, but rather in the human heart.—A Joint Federal Vision Profession (2007)

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  1. Thank you for all your contributions, we appreciate the resources you put together to announce the gospel. This topic of law-gospel has been key in my understanding of the grace of God. Through Augustine to Berkhof (or even today’s Michael Horton, should I say?) we can see this critical distinction. Le me share some quotes I love on law & gospel:

    • “The usefulness of the law lies in convicting man of his infirmity and moving him to call upon the remedy of grace which is in Christ” – Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).
    • “Virtually the whole scripture and understanding of theology depends upon a true understanding of the law and the gospel” – Martin Luther (1483-1546).
    • “Ignorance of this distinction between law and gospel is one of the principal sources of the abuses which corrupted and still corrupt Christianity” – Theodore Beza (1519-1605).
    • “The [Heidelberg] Catechism in its primary and most general sense, may be divided as the doctrine of the church, into the law and the gospel… The first treats of the misery of man, the second of his deliverance from misery” – Zacharias Ursinus (1534 – 1583).
    • “Run John run the law commands, but gives me neither feet nor hands. Far better news the gospel brings, it bids me fly, and gives me wings” – John Bunyan (1628 – 1688).

    Scott, ‘The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you” (2Tim.4:22)

    Arturo Perez – Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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