An Introduction To Grace Evangelical Society And Its Journal -- By: Arthur L. Farstad
JOTGES 1:1 (Autumn 88) p. 3
An Introduction To Grace Evangelical Society And Its Journal
Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society Dallas, Texas
The board of the Grace Evangelical Society, and the editorial board of the Society’s new periodical, welcome you to the readership of our Journal.
Since there is a proliferation of evangelical organizations and also a number of good evangelical periodicals, the reader deserves to know what is our raison d’être—why we exist at all.
I. The Grace Evangelical Society
It is a widely recognized yet nonetheless sad fact among evangelicals that much of Christendom teaches a “different Gospel” from that of the Apostle Paul and the rest of the NT. That is, salvation is seen as at least partly by works and sacraments, and there is rarely any real assurance of the present possession of eternal life. How could there be if salvation is partly of man?
What is less widely known is the still sadder fact that even among many who were accurately denominated “Bible Christians” by a Roman Catholic priest on network television, the old Gospel of grace has become blurred and even distorted. It is this deplorable situation that has created the need for the Grace Evangelical Society.
The Grace Evangelical Society (GES) was founded in 1986. During four years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and seven years at Dallas Theological Seminary, Robert Wilkin had felt a tremendous burden to promote a clear proclamation of the Gospel. Shortly after completing his doctorate in NT he began to contact friends who he knew shared his commitment. Dr. Wilkin asked them if they felt there was a need for a networking organization which would bring together Christian professionals and lay people who shared a concern for a clear Gospel proclamation. To a person they all heartily endorsed the idea.
In June of 1986 the first Grace Evangelical Society newsletter was sent out. By November of that year GES was incorporated as a non-profit organization.
JOTGES 1:1 (Autumn 88) p. 4
The purpose of GES is “to promote the clear proclamation of God’s free salvation through faith alone in Christ alone, which is properly correlated with and distinguished from issues related to discipleship.” Various methods are used to achieve this objective. These include the monthly newsletters, the production of this Journal, regional and national conferences, a tape ministry, production of ministry tools such as tracts and follow-up materials, and having representatives of GES speak at churches, seminars, and retreats.
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