D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Taught a License To Sin
Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007) gets the Skull and Crossbones Award for changing the grace of God into a license for immorality” (Jude 4). D. James Kennedy, who embraced the Westminster Confession, indirectly denied the Calvinistic cliche that one who has a saving faith will persevere to the end in the way of holiness. D. James Kennedy (Dennis James Kennedy) did that through his teaching about the sin unto death:
D. James Kennedy Taught There Are Christian Adulterers
I think back many years ago of a man in this church who was engaged in adultery—a man who had been a minster [sic] and had left the ministry, but a man who seemed to be a godly man—a man who seemed to be a Christian. Only God knows the heart. He became involved with a married woman. He was going to have her divorce her husband and marry him. I admonished him and urged him to repent. He was brought before the discipline committee and they admonished him to repent. He was suspended from the sacraments, but he did not repent. Finally, the Session determined that since he remained impenitent, they would have to excommunicate this man from the church. Just before that happened, God pulled his string and suddenly that young man died.
These are just some of the unlimited, infinite ways God can chasten those who are truly His own, who do not repent of their sins. My friends, we need to take the warnings seriously because they are very real.(1)
According to D. James Kennedy, a person who dies an unrepentant adulterer can be a true Christian. Again, D. James Kennedy holds to Calvinism and the Westminster Confession! D. James Kennedy also wrote about falling away:
The Myth of Christian Adulterers
It is true that Christians can fall into sin; we can partially and temporarily fall away, but not totally and finally fall away.(2)
One must ask, if that unrepentant adulterer who was trying to break up a marriage didn’t totally and finally fall away, what would it take? Surely he didn’t persevere to the end in the way of righteousness!
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. (Eph 5:5-7)
(1) D. James Kennedy, Can A Christian Fall From Grace?, pamphlet (Ft. Lauderdale FL: Coral Ridge Ministries), pp. 14, 15. See p. 702 of The Believer’s Conditional Security for Dave Hunt’s similar thoughts on the sin unto death, which clearly prove once saved always saved is a license for immorality.
(2) Ibid., p. 10. [D. James Kennedy was a popular and intelligent good speaker, but also a spiritual snare because of his theology.]
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