Posted November 20, 2019
In response to our publishing of his statements that “Many people also speak this way about accept the terms of the covenant. We do indeed believe in covenant obligations and privileges, but never as conditions,” the Rev. Gritters objected by personal letter and declared that we could not find in any of his current writings that he now embraces conditional election.
We let the readers judge. We never accused him of that, in fact we pointed out in that article appearing October 1 that when he stated that “Many people also speak this way about accepting the terms of the covenant” he was exactly touching upon the issue which is raging in our churches today. As yet we have not come to that stage where we must even directly defend unconditional election. But we are very, very busy fighting against the conditional theology as applied to the covenant. We fail to understand the word “also” in the quotation above if it does not mean that there are people who likewise speak of the terms of the covenant being conditional. And then we cannot see the last sentence in any other way than that he says that in that covenant he would never say that what we are obliged to do and are privileged to do is a condition.