It’s all about Calvinism.
This objection is often presented because the chief proponents of the movement are Calvinists. On a surface level, this statement seems to have much merit, but in reality it is quite lacking. Should we reject the teachings of Luther because of his “Calvinism”? Should we burn our copies of Pilgrim’s Progress? Should we ignore the contributions of men like Jonathan Edwards? No! Should we reject the use of Nouthetic counseling? Just because someone may believe in what may or may not be a flawed system, it does not negate the entirety of their dogma. In other words, this objection is flawed because it attempts to negate the doctrine by questioning another aspect its sources rather than wrestling with the argument.
The gospel is just about justification, getting saved, or evangelism.
The majority of the writers on the subject (Piper, Keller, Chapell, etc.) have been quite clear in their objections to this point. The whole purpose of their writings on the topic is to assert that the Gospel is to be central not only in justification but also in sanctification. As defined by these and other writers, the Gospel is that doctrine that teaches that we are unable to merit God’s favor due to sin, that we must come to God simply through faith in His Son, and that God, through Christ, gives us everything we need for life and godliness. This objection is flawed because it fails to understand the source material on the topic.
For a further explanation see my pastor’s brief introduction to the topic here.
It’s just a fad.
This statement is code for: All the preachers outside my camp are all about it, so I must be against it. Has the Gospel regained centrality in our discussions about sanctification? Yes. Does it run through the majority of conservative devotional literature today? Certainly. Does this negate its value or significance? Most emphatically not. Just as the rediscovery of the Gospel’s relation to justification by the Reformers was significant in their day (yet not a passing fad), neither is the rediscovery of Gospel-based sanctification in our day. Should Fundamentalists then reject Dispensationalism because of its relative youth? To conclude, this objection is flawed because it focuses on the supposed “newness” of the teaching rather than on the significant contributions of the doctrine itself.