For those who wonder about Emmet Fox and John 3:16, I just received the following extract from the book often read in A.A., written by Fox, and titled The Sermon on the Mount:
Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life, pp. 4-5:
The “Plan of Salvation” which figured so prominently in the evangelical sermons and divinity books a past generation is as completely unknown to the Bible as it is to the Koran. There never was any such arrangement in the universe, and the Bible does not teach it all. What has happened is that certain obscure texts from Genesis, a few phrases taken here and there from Paul's letters, and one or two isolated verses from other parts of the Scriptures, have been taken out and pierced together by divines, to produce the kind of teaching which it seemed to them ought to have been found in the Bible. Jesus knows nothing of all this.