Walter J. Chantry was born in 1938 at Norristown, Pennsylvania, raised in the Presbyterian Church; graduated B.A. in History from Dickinson College, Carlisle in 1960, and a B.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1963, from which time he has been pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle. He is married with three children.
Today's Gospel, Authentic or Synthetic?
Long before John MacArthur started the "Lordship salvation" war men such as Chantry warned that the gospel message was being watered down by an easy believeism that gutted the gospel of its true message. Chantry declares that, "Differences between much of today's preaching and that of Jesus are not petty; they are enormous. The chief errors are not in emphasis or approach but in the heart of the Gospel message."
Based on the account of the Rich Young Ruler, Chantry demonstrates that what passes for the gospel message today is not what Jesus was teaching. This little book (less than 100 pages long) is a must read for anyone trying to comprehend the Lordship battles. The author is obviously Reformed in doctrine, and as such, some will flinch at a few concepts, but overall this is an excellent study on the subject of the true gospel message and its illegitimate cousins.
message of the Cross is the heart of the Christian gospel. The records
of the life of Jesus devote more attention to it than any other part
of his ministry. The rest of the New Testament consistanly underlines
its centrality for Christian faith.
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