Leo (Jake) Hebert III Garbling the Gospel

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Garbling the Gospel

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VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT BELIEF IS WRONG.
Evangelicals often criticize Roman Catholics for adding to the gospel, but are they guilty of doing it themselves? The author is firmly convinced that, in order to defend the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone, evangelicals have inadvertently added at least one unbiblical requirement for salvation to the gospel message. Furthermore, he argues that many of the statements evangelicals frequently make about faith and belief are simply wrong. After much thought on this issue, he has concluded, despite many claims by evangelicals to the contrary, that
- "trusting in Christ and Christ alone" is NOT a biblical requirement for salvation!
- faith (or belief) really is "mere" intellectual assent!
-one is born again simply by believing certain facts about Jesus Christ!
- and, perhaps most startling of all, belief in Christ is NOT a choice!
The author also discusses a number of other topics in this book:
- the apparent origin of the phrase "trust in Christ and Christ alone for salvation" - and why it's misleading
- why the famous "Niagara Falls" analogy (which supposedly illustrates the difference between genuine faith and "mere" intellectual assent) is logically flawed
- why the second chapter of James does NOT prove that faith is something other than "mere" intellectual assent
- why the biblical definition of faith exlcudes the possibility that belief is a choice
- why the "once saved, always saved" view of eternal security is dangerously misleading
- why it is a mistake to use the book of Galatians to "prove" that works have nothing to do with justification
- why the author, a lifelong conservative evangelical, finally became convinced that Luther's doctrine of justification by faith alone is WRONG!

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From the Author:

If you are an evangelical Christian, have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel a deep spiritual "kinship" with many Roman Catholics, even though your theology says that they are going to hell? I know that I have, and after much thinking on this issue, I have finally figured out why. As shocking as it may sound, we evangelicals have added to the gospel! For many, many years, we have been telling people that they must "trust in Christ and Christ alone" in order to be saved. This statement "sounds good," but it is completely wrong. This terminology appears nowhere in Scripture and, as I explain in my book, it appears to contradict Scripture at numerous points. Before you have a "knee-jerk" reaction, my fellow evangelical, I would urge you to take the time to read the book.
Naturally, as an author, I am quite proud of my book. Although it no doubt contains imperfections, I am confident that its main points can withstand scrutiny. I am especially proud of Chapter 9, in which I argue that belief is NOT a choice (if you are Calvinistic in your thinking, you will LOVE this chapter!).
Before you are quick to dismiss my conclusions, I would simply ask you to read the book first, prayerfully and with an open mind.

About the Author:

LEO (JAKE) HEBERT, III is a physics instructor who received his B.S. from Lamar University and his M.S. from Texas A&M University. Although Mr. Hebert has had no formal theological training, he has studied the Scriptures diligently for over twenty years. As a teenager, he had serious doubts about his own salvation and began a search to determine the precise biblical requirements for salvation. This book is the result.

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