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grace fellowship heresy

Grace-FellowshipHeresy

New Unity Movement

Grace-Unity Movement

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Grace-Fellowship Heresy

“This is one of the doctrines of the New Unity Movement. It is the theory that grace is extended to cover sins of weakness and ignorance, especially doctrinal ignorance, even though such sins are persisted in.”

Wayne Partain

“The Grace-Fellowship Theory (1)”

Guardian of Truth

XXX: 14, pp. 433-434, July 17, 1986

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Grace-Fellowship Heresy

UNITY

  • Grace
  • Fellowship
  • Gospel
  • Doctrine
  • Brethren
  • Sin

IN

CHRIST

Redefines

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. (1 Peter 4:11)

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Grace-Fellowship Heresy:

A Plea for Unity

Not the unity of Eph 4:1-6

FATHER & SON

ONE

WORD

Not the unity of Jno 17:20-23

Not the unity of Jno 17:8, 14

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History of Grace-Unity Movement

Premillennial

No Class / One Cup

No Located Preacher

Fellowship all segments of the Restoration Movement

(Panel discussion, Tampa, FL, 1972)

[Ketcherside, Turner, Pickup, Jenkins, Owen]

Original Intent

“UNITY”

Institutional

Non-institutional

Disciples of Christ

Christian Churches

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Movement of the Movement

“Anytime I find someone calling God his Father, I’ve found a brother.”

Fellowship with Denominations

Carl Ketcherside

Leroy Garrett

F. LaGard Smith

Rubel Shelly

Max Lucado

“UNITY”

“Good people in all churches”

“Brothers in Prospect”

Not Bible Unity and Fellowship! 2 Cor 6:14-17

principle defense gospel doctrine distinction
Principle DefenseGospel – Doctrine Distinction
  • Gospel: The Christ event, 1 Cor 15:1-4
    • Acceptance assures salvation
    • Fellowship should be extended to all who accept the “core gospel”
  • Doctrine: Made to mean all other New Testament teachings
    • Do not affect salvation and do not determine fellowship
bible answer gospel doctrine distinction
Bible AnswerGospel – Doctrine Distinction
  • What we obey is one and the same:
    • The faith, Rom 1:5
    • The truth, Rom 2:8
    • Doctrine, Rom 6:17
    • Gospel, Rom 10:16
    • The faith, Rom 16:26
  • Sound doctrine is according to the gospel, 1 Tim 1:10-11
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Bible AnswerGospel – Doctrine Distinction
  • Sound doctrine is:
    • The faith, Rom 1:5
    • The truth, Rom 2:8
    • Pattern of doctrine, Rom 6:17
    • Gospel, Rom 10:16
    • The faith, Rom 16:26
principle assault attack confidence in knowing and conforming to the truth eph 3 3 5
Principle AssaultAttack Confidence in Knowing and Conforming to the Truth (Eph 3:3-5)
  • No Bible patterns (minimizes Bible examples and eliminates necessary inferences)
  • You must have perfect knowledge or you are arrogant and a hypocrite to be definitive about doctrine
principle assault attack confidence in knowing and conforming to the truth eph 3 3 512
Principle AssaultAttack Confidence in Knowing and Conforming to the Truth (Eph 3:3-5)
  • Be alert to:
    • “Do you have perfect knowledge?”
    • “You demand 100% doctrinal conformity to your way of thinking.”
    • “You do not know everything!”
  • All these minimize doctrinal accuracy, 2 Tim 3:10; 4:2; Jno 8:32; Eph 4:15
bible answer attack confidence in knowing and conforming to the truth eph 3 3 5
Bible AnswerAttack Confidence in Knowing and Conforming to the Truth (Eph 3:3-5)
  • We can understand Paul’s knowledge
  • We can make applications like he did
    • Identify and rebuke hypocrisy, Gal 2:11-14
    • Judge fornication in the church, 1 Cor 5:1-3 (4-5)
    • Avoid those who stray from the truth, 2 Tim 2:17-18 (Rom 16:17)
practical result unity in diversity
Practical ResultUnity in Diversity
  • Ongoing fellowship in spite of ongoing immorality and error, Gal 1:6-9 (2 Jno 9-11)
    • “We can disagree and still be in fellowship,” he (Stender) said. “There’s a whole lot more that holds us in common than separates us.” (Jim Stender, Pastor, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Bellingham, WA)
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Practical ResultUnity in Diversity
  • Why not apply the same rationale to:
    • The circumcision binders? Gal 2:4-5
    • The resurrection deniers? 1 Cor 15:12
    • The adultery condoners? Matt 19:9; 1 Cor 5:11 (2 Ths 3:6)

Bible: No Fellowship with Sin (Error)

Eph 5:11; 2 Cor 6:14-17

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Grace-Fellowship Heresy
  • A“destructive heresy”, 2 Pet 2:1-2
    • Deceives souls
    • Disrupts the “unity of the Spirit”
    • Destroys fellowship with God and His people