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Charles C. Ryrie. So Great Salvation: What It Means to Believe. Victor Books, 1989.
166 pages (a book review)
This book approaches to explore and expose the gospel in a
theological tone and design
about the view of salvation which is denied by the Lordship theology. One of the
primary or perhaps the proud focus of the book is to present the gospel by the view of
the no-lordship gospel and defending it also refuting the gospel as taught by the
advocates of lordship gospel. The first three chapters of the book is dedicated as a
defence to salvation according to the no-lordship advocates against the wrong
accusations and shouts of the adversaries of the no-lordship gospel, following it the
majority of the chapters aims at presenting what salvation is covering subjects such as
Justification, Sanctification, Conversion and the last part of the book on Election,
Glorification and Adoption. The entire book however implies a twofold purpose. First,
Ryrie quotes from three lordship advocating books but only once, whereas he quotes
from John MacArthur’s book, The Gospel according To Jesus several times all over his
book by attacking his opinions and defends his view from that of MacArthur’s
viewpoint. The whole book is written to redefine the concept of salvation as taught by
the Lordship theology particularly as a response to the book The Gospel According to
Jesus by MacArthur. Second, Ryrie also labours much by exposing the scriptures to
present what salvation is as taught in the scriptures thus purposing to present broadly on
the responsibility of men in salvation inferring from the scriptures.
Ryrie throughout his book narrows his focus and scopes only for believers who have
been elected by God’s grace for salvation. According to Ryrie, before God created the
world He devised a plan to redeem a remnant of humanity in eternity past to bring glory
unto Him even before man sinned and even in time now no one can be saved except
those who have chosen for salvation in eternity past. The reason for electing is due His
good pleasure, purpose and will and no one can question God for His choice. Ryrie also
emphasised the need for God’s sovereignty in election that without His electing grace
no one would be saved, the elects are in no way better than the non-elects, if God
elected everybody then all would be saved, but if God elected none then none would
believe thus without any merit of the elects are they marked out for salvation.
According to him the moment an elect is saved he is adopted as God’s son and is placed
into His family thus it does not demand any works from man. Ryrie strongly attacks the
lordship gospel which teaches that man need to surrender to Christ’s lordship for
salvation, according to him Jesus is Lord and master of all but surrendering to his
lordship is not a requirement for salvation, men need not surrender to Christ’s lordship
for salvation but believing or trusting Jesus for salvation is enough. He substantiates his
point by drawing and explaining references from 1 Cor. 15:3-8; 15:2 and Rom. 4:25
which says that knowing the facts of the gospel and believing that Jesus died for one’s
sin is the full gospel.
The major part of his book attacks MacArthur’s book especially on the ideas that a
person must surrender himself and turn away from sin to God to receive salvation.
According to MacArthur, in Conversion, repentance means a turn from sin and faith
means a turn to God, but Ryrie refutes this idea by presenting his arguments that faith
and repentance is same, repentance is a change of mind about Christ and thus is
synonym with faith, he argues heavily that terming repentance as a turn away from sin
is to add as a requirement for salvation.
The debate on the lordship controversy is at large in the doctrine of sanctification. Ryrie
refutes the teaching that there cannot be any carnal Christians. According to him
sanctification happens right about at justification and there is a phase called progressive
sanctification where a

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