Michael Horton’s Sonship Theology
Swinging from one extreme to another has always been an over-correcting problem in Christendom by those zealous for the truth. In this video, Horton goes from a ‘Christless Christianity’ to just as dangerous an extreme – Sonship theology.
Horton echoes the thinking of the popular mantra’s of New Calvinism : “We must preach the Gospel to ourselves every day” and “the same Gospel that saves you also sanctifies you.” Dangerous, modern stuff.
The imperatives of the Scriptures exhorting Christians to holiness of life and loving obedience are devalued by Horton (being called “do’s and don’ts” and “lists” ) in exchange for a contemplative theology focused on the Son of God alone. It’s also known as Gospel sanctification. It’s found nowhere in Scripture, and in fact, opposes Scriptural teaching.
This stuff is sweeping the SBC and the Church at large brethren, and it is very popular. Why? Because many have been duped into thinking that this is a recovering of the Gospel begun by the Protestant Reformation …and now New Calvinists feel the mantle has been past to them to complete it.
Our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 4:4:
"It is written, "’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"
Christ’s exalted view of Scripture as the ultimate and final authority for life, doctrine and the court of appeal for applying doctrine to our daily lives, should also be ours.
Do not merely ‘sit and receive’ and consequently contemplate the Gospel as Horton suggests, expecting holiness of life to follow. It won’t happen. What will happen is you will take on characteristics of the biblical pharisee and hone your duties and thinking to that of a practicing antinomian.
Get up, move and live in obedience to the Word of God, to the glory of God, empowered and enabled for that obedience by His Spirit which is in you, if indeed, you have truly been born again from above and believed.
the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. – I John 2:6
for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing….He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. – I Peter 3:9-12
So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind – Ephesians 4:17