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Moody Press: True To D. L. Moody?

Jul 17, 2008
Moody Publishers or Moody Press, markets themselves as being "The Name You Can Trust." In this, Moody proposes to Christians that they are true to scripture and to Christ. Masses the world over, however, who lean their eternal hopes on the doctrine published by "The Name You Can Trust" might be astonished to find that Moody Press should never be trusted.

For instance, in How Can You Be Sure That You Will Spend Eternity With God, by Erwin W. Lutzer (Chicago: Moody Press, 1996), Moody Press published:

Don't miss this: We must believe that Christ did all that is necessary and will ever be necessary for us to stand in the sight of God (p. 113).

Whether our faith be little or much, it must be directed to Christ alone, for God accepts only those who accept His Son (p. 113).

At first glance such teaching actually seems quite scriptural. Who in their right mind would argue against the idea that saving faith must be directed to Christ alone? Nonetheless, under color of exalting Christ, Dr. Lutzer and Moody Press may actually dethrone Christ.

According to Erwin Lutzer's doctrine, salvation through "Christ alone" is often theological double-speak meaning that a professing believer who turns from the faith or even seeks salvation through some means other than Christ alone will still be welcomed into God's eternal paradise. What I mean is this: when Lutzer (and Moody Publishers) uses the term Christ alone he means that no work (of any type or degree) ever impacts salvation--even rejecting "Christ alone." It sounds ludicrous (and it is!), but hang in there as I illustrate. Consider Hebrews 6:4-6:

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Now, regarding this passage Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer writes and Moody Press publishes:

We have to [recognize that] the author is talking about true Christians in this passage...Yes, believers can "fall away"... they were starting to doubt whether Christ was fully sufficient... The point is that as long as they were returning to the sacrifices of the Old Testament, they couldn't be brought back to repentance. Understandably, they could not be brought back to fellowship with God while they were offering lambs on the alter... Yes, believers can fall away, but not to eternal damnation (p. 150).

Unbelieving believers who sacrifice animals on pagan altars will be saved? Is it harmonious to teach on the one hand that "a wrong faith leads to destruction" yet on the other to promise heaven to those who abandon the faith altogether and prove it by sacrificing animals on pagan altars for the forgiveness of sins? We are saved by Christ alone, insists Dr. Lutzer, yet the blatant abomination and no faith of Christ rejecters still leads to paradise? Ridiculous contradiction!

Friend, when the blind lead the blind they both fall in a ditch. Dr. Lutzer and Moody Press do not understand foundational Christian concepts and as such they lend salvation assurance where none exists. Don't be deceived By "The Name You Can Trust." Moody Press is not to be trusted.
About the Author
Daniel LaLond's book, The Lying Promise, examines thoroughly the errant views published by Moody Press. Specifically, it debunks Moody's unscriptural salvation and eternal security teachings.
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