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Moody Press: True To Scripture?

Jul 22, 2008
Moody Press, which boasts of being, "The Name You Can Trust," is an alleged Christian publishing house. As such, they pride themselves in publishing books that are true to scripture, Christ and His gospel. Multitudes worldwide, however, who rest their eternal hopes on the teaching published by "The Name You Can Trust" might be shocked to find that Moody Press should not 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:

The question is not whether we can remember the day or the hour in the past, but whether our faith is in Christ in the present. Are we now persuaded that Christ met all of our obligations for us when he died on the cross (p. 129).

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).

Such instruction is certainly quite scriptural. I mean, who would argue against the notion that if one is to be saved they must trust Christ alone. Nonetheless, under the banner of extolling Christ, Moody Press and Dr. Lutzer, in actuality, might dethrone Him.

You see, in accordance with Dr. Lutzer's teaching Christ alone is often rhetorical code meaning that an alleged Christian who rejects the faith or even seeks salvation through some way other than through Christ alone will still tread on streets of gold. That is, "Christ alone" means that no works (in kind or degree) ever affects salvation--even rejecting the gospel and "Christ alone." What? You might think, we're only saved by "Christ alone," but those who reject "Christ alone" are yet saved? Ridiculous I know, but this is Lutzer's position. Allow me to illustrate, kindly consider Hebrews 6:4-6:

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

Now, in reference to this sober passage Moody Church pastor Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer writes and Moody Publishers spreads abroad:

We have to admit the author is talking about true Christians in this passage...Yes, believers can "fall away"... they were beginning to doubt whether Christ was fully sufficient... The point is that so long as they were returning to the Old Testament sacrifices, they could not 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).

Those who sacrifice lambs on pagan altars will be saved? Is it congruent to teach that "a wrong faith leads to destruction" yet still promise paradise to those who reject the faith altogether and prove as much by sacrificing animals on pagan altars for the forgiveness of sins? A wrong faith leads to destruction, resolutely asserts the doctor, yet the blatant rebellion and no faith of Christ rejectors leads to life eternal? What a contradiction!

Erwin W. Lutzer's teaching is a meaningless, contradictory mish-mash of theology and humanistic tradition. Contradictions are the surest sign that a teacher needs to return to studying and stop teaching others. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Press and their editors are in serious error on foundational doctrines. Do not be fooled by "The Name You Can Trust." Moody Press should not be trusted.
About the Author
Daniel LaLond's book, The Lying Promise, examines in detail the errant notions published by Moody Press. Specifically, it unmasks Moody's unscriptural salvation and eternal security doctrines.
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