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Did the Parable of the Good Samaritan actually tell anyone to “do” anything? Here’s the background behind why Tullian Tchividjian said “no” recently…

TheEcclesialCalvinist

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Controversial Florida PCA minister Tullian Tchividjian has been attracting some appreciative attention from Lutheran sources (e.g., here and here).  According to these reports he has been reading Luther as well as some current Lutheran Church Missouri Synod writers.   Some are likely surprised, while others have suggested that Tchividjian has been a closet Lutheran on soteriological (i.e., salvation) issues for some time.  In all of this there is something old and something new.

Of course, Reformed people have been reading Luther for many years.  Particular favorites have been Luther’s The Bondage of the Will (especially in the Packer/Johnston translation) and his Commentary on Galatians.  Many have found Luther’s keen grasp of the unmerited grace of God in justifying the helpless sinner to be an exhilarating and liberating message that lies at the heart of the Christian gospel.

But there is also something new afoot.  Tchividjian is part of a…

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