Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Don't Be Confused About Sin

"Another misunderstanding of sin is to say that it's just a matter of negative thinking.  Get rid of your old wineskins!  Think bigger!  God wants to show you is incredible favor, if you'll just get rid of all those negative mind-sets that hold you back!  Now that's a compelling message to self-reliant people who want to believe they can take care of their sin all by themselves.  That's probably why men who proclaim that message have managed to build some of the largest churches in the world."  What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don't Make Light of Sin, Nor Christ

"Many Christians talk about sin as if it were merely a relational tiff between God and man, and what is needed is for us simply to apologize and accept God's forgiveness.  That image of sin as lovers' quarrel, though, distorts the relationship in which we stand to God.  It communicates that there is no broken law, no violated justice, no righteous wrath, no holy judgment - and therefore, ultimately, no need for a substitute to bear that judgement, either."  What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Whole Truth And Nothing But

"We Christians have done a bang-up job convincing the world that God loves them.  But if we're going to understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that his loving and compassionate God is also holy and righteous, and that he is determined never to overlook, ignore, or tolerate sin."  What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

God As Janitor?

"A common view of God is that he's much like an unscrupulous janitor.  Instead of really dealing with the world's dirt - its sin, evil, and wickedness - he simply sweeps it under the rug, ignores it, and hopes no one will notice.  In fact, many people cannot conceive of a God who would do anything else."

This view of God can't imagine that he would actually punish anyone for sin, but we have to realize that "God's love does not cancel out his justice and righteousness" and that he does not leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:7).  Really, nobody wants a God who won't deal with evil, just as long as it isn't their evil. What we need to realize is that God is truly just, each of us is truly sinful, and God has provided satisfaction for his justice in the death of Christ.

(All quotes from What Is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert)