Cheung on faith as a condition (1)

An excerpt from Cheung’s “A Greater Threat than Moses”:

A Greater Threat than Moses (by Vincent Cheung)

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:28-29)

It is a popular and persistent assumption that the Old Testament reveals the wrath of God, while the New Testament reveals the grace of God. This is a most inaccurate portrayal of biblical teaching. It is the Old Testament that says the Lord’s mercy endures forever, and it is the New Testament that says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The true biblical teaching is that both wrath and grace belong to God’s nature. Paul writes, “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you” (Romans 11:22, ESV). Thus he shows wrath toward some men and shows grace toward others. The distinction is based on his decision, without regard to the conditions found in men, for he is the one who creates all conditions found in men in the first place, including faith. In fact, Paul writes that God creates some men as vessels of wrath and some as vessels for mercy, some to suffer damnation and some to enjoy salvation (Romans 9:21).

In my italic emphasis above Cheung says that faith is a condition that is “created” in the elect (presumably by His regenerating power). Like many other false religionists of varying stripe, Cheung exhibits a deadly ignorance of the SOLE condition for salvation (cf. Romans 10:1-4).

Here is Vincent Cheung citing 1 Thessalonians 2:13 and then commenting on it in a footnote:

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13) 6. …Divine election is not based on a passive prescience, and divine prescience is not passive in the first place. God chooses a person because he wants to choose that person, and he knows who will believe the gospel because he knows whom he will cause to believe the gospel.

6 Faith is a necessary condition for justification, but faith is not the reason or cause for election, but rather the product of election. Faith in Christ is the means by which God saves those whom he has chosen” (Vincent Cheung, Systematic Theology, pp. 167, 169).

Many self-righteous religionists (e.g., Arminians) articulate a false gospel of salvation conditioned on what God forsees (by a passive prescience) the sinner will perform by “prevenient grace.” Cheung rejects this particular version of salvation conditioned on the sinner and puts in its place a version of his own — which is a false gospel of salvation conditioned on what God actively foreordains (decrees) and causes the sinner to perform.

In BOTH instances salvation is NOT conditioned exclusively on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, but conditioned in part on efforts that proceed from the sinner’s person. The rabid Arminian and Vincent Cheung BOTH exhibit their diabolical doctrinal deficiencies defiantly. The differences in their respective false gospels of salvation conditioned on the sinner (cf. Galatians 1:8-9) being only matter of degree, not of kind.