This is only Part I of a two-part interview - we could have gone on easily for 2 more hours. As it was, we took an extra half hour of Dr. Horton's time than we had previously arranged, and we're glad he was able and willing to do so. The central issue Horton explores in The Gospel-Driven Life is, as you might guess, The Gospel - the good news of Jesus Christ and His finished work and completed salvation of His people. The message of the Gospel is simple - an announcement - GOOD NEWS - concerning Christ and His atoning work by which sinners are saved. Dr. Horton presents the Gospel clearly in this book, and discusses the desperate need of the church to return to that fountain of grace daily for strength for our journey. We are most certainly looking forward to December 17, 6pm EST when we'll pick up the conversation again, and invite any of you who are able to to listen in LIVE, at http://live.covenantradio.com.
Again, though the horse is dead, I'll beat it again: If you've not got a copy of this book, get one - it's well worth the extremely low price as a reminder of the greatness and glory of the Gospel message. You'll be glad you did.
Apparently the Gospel message that Horton presents in this book is insufficiently wise (or something?) for some internet pundits. The claim at the linked blog post is that Horton does not understand the Gospel (because he puts it simply, I suppose, in terms of the finished work of Christ for His people!) Despite what is claimed in that blog post, and fully to the contrary, Horton has, in The Gospel-Driven Life, given one of the soundest and clearest definitions of the Gospel, and a clarion call to the church to rely upon the Gospel for in it, and in it ALONE does she find her salvation. Fools stumble upon this point - but then so did the works-oriented Jews of Christ's day:
Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,as it is written, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." (Rom 9:32-33 ESV)See two good comments addressing this silly controversy of Horton's clear understanding of the Gospel:
but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:23-24 ESV)
at Old Life Theological Society
at De Regnis Duobus