- St Augustine
- CS Lewis
- NT Wright
- Tim Keller
Yesterday, while listening to a Tim Keller podcast on my way to work, I heard what I believe to be the best definition of the Gospel-and-works I think I've ever heard. (Definitions, as he uses the terms: legalism is believing that works define our relationship with God; antinomianism is the belief that since we are saved, we may sin without worry since God forgives all.)
"The Gospel is neither legalism, nor antinomianism. These are the two errors on both sides of the Gospel. The Gospel is not that you are saved by works. The Gospel is not that once you are saved, it doesn't matter how you live.
The Gospel is: you're saved by faith alone, but not by faith which is alone. It does not remain alone, but issues forth the holiness of life."
I think that "faith alone, but not by faith which remains alone" is my new favorite catch-phrase. Well done as always, Dr. Keller.