Arrogant spirituality misrepresents Christian conviction.
Arrogance by any of God’s created beings is ugly, but arrogance toward others by Christians is ghoulish indeed since Christians are the recipients of Amazing Grace. Christians are given grace to live and communicate our strong convictions graciously.
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you” (Colossians 3:12-13).
“Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction” (Romans 3:22).
Romans chapter three is crystal clear in declaring the universal sinfulness of man. Although the Jews have advantages compared to the Greeks, such as having the oracles of God (vs. 1-2), they do not have preferential treatment with regard to salvation. Vs. 9 makes this very clear, “Jews and Greeks are all under sin.” “All” clearly means that every Jew and every Greek (every person) is under sin. Consequently, both the groups and “all” the individuals that make up the groups are included rather than some in each group comprising the “all.” There are no exceptions. Continue reading →
Calvinism teaches a compatible freedom. This means that a person is free to follow a predetermined choosing without making a choice between two accessible options. That is to say, no real choice exists in compatibilism because man can only choose an act or belief that is the result of predetermined antecedents. This means that Adam and Eve chose to sin, or man chooses to accept the gospel because God has predetermined that he will do so, and those that reject ultimately do so for the same reason. This is the simple unadorned truth of Calvinism. Continue reading →
If many will not serve Christ in obscurity, we can never present Him to the world with clarity.
There are numerous examples in the annals of Christian history of people who are studied, celebrated, and extolled as role models to be followed. These exemplars of Christianity are rightly known for their labors, sacrifices, and surrender to God’s will and ways. There is no shame in extolling the heroes and heroines of the faith.
This as long as Christians remain ever so aware and thankful for the untold, unnamed, and faceless Christians who paved the way for the mighty warriors of the faith to be used of God at the appropriate time, in extraordinary ways.
“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
Compassion without action is indistinguishable from indifference.
Christ’s compassion sees the plight of others and then seeks to meet that need. While one cannot meet every need of every person, Christians should be seeking to move beyond seeing the needs around us to meeting the needs around us.
“When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14).
In the Los Angeles Times article “Self-Help’s Big Lie” Steve Salerno explains, “Self-esteem-based education presupposed that a healthy ego would help students achieve greatness, even if the mechanisms necessary to instill self-esteem undercut scholarship. Over time, it became clear that what such policies promote is not academic greatness but a bizarre disconnect between perceived self-worth and provable skill.” Continue reading →