From the erudite and easy-to-read tolerant Calvinist heretic, Gordon H. Clark:
“The doctrine of election is not well received by the churches of these apostate days. The idea of sovereign grace conflicts with the conceit of many that they have contributed at least something to their regeneration. Popular evangelists teach that an unregenerate man can of his own free will accept Christ and thereby merit salvation. All such human pride is sin. … In the United States there are too many ‘evangelists’ who address a non-descript audience that ‘God loves you.’ Clearly these evangelists know little about the Bible. We must not judge them to be reprobate; they may very well be Christians, with the exception of some whose sole motivation is greed; but though regenerate, it is clear that they do not know what Christianity is, and they do not preach the gospel” (Gordon H. Clark, First and Second Thessalonians, pp. 9-10).
Clark’s comments are on 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5:
” … knowing, brothers, having been loved, your election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance, even as you know what kind we were among you for your sake” (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
Clark speaks of the conceit of those who believe in a “regeneration” that is according to debt (cf. Romans 4:4). Clark also says that those “evangelists” who “do not know what Christianity is [and] do not preach the gospel” “may very well be Christians.”
In other writings Clark defined the “gospel” as what is contained in the heretical Westminster Confession of Faith. Presumably it is by a “felicitous inconsistency” that Clark’s aforementioned “evangelists” believe “enough” of his “gospel” to judge them regenerate Christians. And since Clark considers these “evangelists” to be regenerate, then he must in some instances consider a gospel that is according to debt to be the power of God to salvation (contra Romans 4:4, 9:11-16, 11:5-6). Clark believes that an anathematized gospel is the power of God to salvation to those believing it (cf. Galatians 1:8-9). It is Clark who does NOT know what Christianity is. It is Clark who does NOT preach or believe the gospel. Clark is NOT regenerate. Clark is unregenerate.