Are You Man-Centered or God-Centered in Your View of Salvation? by Will Metzger

(Chart Adapted From Will Metzger’s book, pp.32-33 in Tell The Truth)




Point of contact with Christians is love (God loves you). Therefore, God’s authority is secondary. Point of contact with non-Christians is creation (God made you). Therefore, God has authority over your destiny (Romans 1:18-21).
Love is God’s chief attribute. Holiness and love are equally important attributes of God (Romans 2:1-5).
God is impotent before the sinner’s will. God is able to empower the sinner’s will (John 1:12-13).
The persons of the Trinity have different goals in accomplishing and applying salvation. The persons of the Trinity work in harmony—salvation accomplished for and applied to the same people (Ephesians 1:3-14).
God is a friend who will help you. God is a king who will save you (Zechariah 9:9; 1 Timothy 1:15-17).



Fallen, yet has the ability (or potential to choose the good.

Fallen, and will not come to God by own will power (John 6:44).

Seeks truth but lacks correct facts.

Mind at enmity with God, none seek God (Romans 3:10-12).

Needs love, help, and friendship.

Needs new nature (mind, heart, will) regeneration (Jn. 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Makes mistakes, is imperfect, needs forgiveness

Rebels against God, has a sinful nature, needs reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19).

Needs salvation from the consequences of sin—unhappiness, hell

Needs salvation from guilt and the power of sin.

Humanity is sick and ignorant

Humanity is dead and lost (Eph. 2:1-6).



Savior from selfishness, mistakes, hell.

Savior from sin and sinful nature.

He exists for our benefit.

He exists to gather a kingdom and receive honor and glory (Revelation).

His death was more important than his life.

His death and his life of obedience are equally important (2 Cor. 5:21).

Emphasize his priestly office.

Emphasizes his priestly, kingly, and prophetic offices (Hebrews).

An attitude of submission to Christ’s lordship is optional for salvation.

An attitude of submission to Christ’s lordship is necessary for salvation (Rom. 10:9-13).



Invitation waiting to be accepted now.

Loving command to be obeyed now.

Our choice is the basis for salvation—God responds to our decision.

God’s choice is the basis for salvation—we respond to God’s initiative.

We give mental assent to truths of the gospel—decision.

We respond with our whole person (mind, heart, will)—conversion.

Appeal is made to the desires of the sinner.

Truths are driven home into the conscience of the sinner.

Saved by faith alone—repentance omitted for it is thought of as “works”

Saved by faith alone—saving faith is always accompanied by repentance.

Assurance of salvation comes from a counselor using the promises of God and pronouncing the new believer saved.

Assurance of salvation comes from the Holy Spirit applying biblical promises to the conscience and effecting a changed life.

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca,, and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 28 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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