Or… Jesus + Nothing = Everything….unless we’re discussing sanctification
More new Calvinism error. I declare, when will people learn that if it’s a new teaching, it’s probably wrong? Seriously. Tchividjian’s error is an old one and the same error found in most, if not all, new Calvinists. It is antinomianism… to the core.
In carefully reading “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” it becomes clear that a failure to adequately distinguish our sanctification from justification can result in a kind of theoretical view of how we relate to God and how we think God relates to us. We can begin to wrongly assume that what we do today has little or no bearing on our relationship with God. Tchividjian writes, “Jesus won for me, I was free to lose” and “Jesus succeeded for me, I was free to fail” (p.24). Throughout the book Tchividjian encourages us to remove our attention from what we do in sanctification. He writes, “I think too much about how I’m doing, if I’m growing, whether I’m doing it right or not” (p.174). He tells us such thinking is wrong and will only make us “neurotic and self-absorbed” (p.174). After all, in Christ, he tells us, “it’s all said and done” (p.174).
Such advice is far from the biblical exhortations we find in Ephesians 5 to “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (vv.15-17); and “Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord” (vv.8b-10).