The Doctor: When Living the “Christian Life” is Heretical

The Christian gospel is unique.  It tells us: Be what you are; realize what you are; and proceed to show that you are what you are.  Nowhere else in the world do we find such a message.  And as we have seen, that is why we must always realize that no one can live the Christian life without being regenerate.  Indeed, to tell anybody who is not a Christian to life the Christian life in any part or form is to teach heresy.  It is the Pelagian heresy.  Pelagius thought that you simply had to teach people the principles of Christian living for them to carry them out.  That is false teaching which has been condemned, and always should be condemned by the Christian church.  – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans Vol. 12, p. 113

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