As expected, two things are already happening with respect to the announcement of “The Gospel Project” I mentioned a couple days ago, HERE. There are cries from those who see the CLEAR Calvinist leaning group that is responsible for the project and then there are those who are asking, “What is the big deal? Just because they are Calvinist, that does not mean the project is not well written and worthy of being promoted to Southern Baptist Churches as a great Bible Study.” Ok.
In all fairness, it ought to be clearly understood that these writers are going to write from the depths of their hearts concerning what they believe the Bible teaches about what the TRUE GOSPEL is! To simply pass this project off as a Great Bible Study that is not going to deal with the issues that THESE Calvinists consider strictly Biblical is a slap in the faces of those who have invested themselves in this project. It is as if the Calvinist response is, “let’s all live and let live; let’s all get together and sing “kumbayah “ and be one big happy family. This Bible Study will be a big blessing to the people in your church. What is the “BIG DEAL?”
Let’s take a look at what the BIG DEAL really is. Here is a statement about “The Gospel Project” made in BP’s Press release. “The Gospel Project for Student’s focused on biblical theology, apologetics, missions and the overall story of Scripture. ‘This is more than curriculum,’ said Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project. ‘The goal is to provide a theologically driven study that points people to Jesus’.” Sounds absolutely wonderful until one digs in a little deeper to understand what some actually identify as being “theologically driven.” This is no doubt driven by Reformed thought. There is no responsible reason to expect any less.
Make no mistake about it; The Gospel Project will be exactly what the managing editor says it will be; “a theologically driven study (according to the writers) that points people to Jesus.” That theology will be reflected in the theological positions of the individuals who have been carefully chosen to write this project. These men have never been accused of pulling any punches to appease anyone other than the God they serve on a daily basis. There is no reason to expect any less here. The Gospel Project will deliver everything promised and a LOT MORE.
I would like to suggest a title for Lifeway’s consideration: “The Gospel Project: A Reformed Perspective”. If Lifeway does this, I will be 110% in support of their move; given the fact that they are going to release it anyway! Let the churches know UP FRONT what it is that they are being offered. Objections to this suggestion will be telling enough in and of themselves.