Thursday, July 30, 2015

It Cost God Too Much for Us To Be Flippant About Sin

Jesus Passion was a hefty price for our undeserved salvation from sin and death. The Sinless Christ suffered and died so we could be saved from sin and its consequences.  As we consider the things we take a stand for or against, we need to remember what it cost Jesus to pay the price. If we are flippant about our sin, we disrespect His ultimate act of selflessness. If His Word clearly spells out what sin is and we decide that we are okay with those sins, we need to examine what that really means. When a church embraces sin rather than sinners, we are on shaky ground spiritually. Jesus warned the churches in Revelation against such practice. If we embrace adultery, homosexuality, or debauchery we don't have much to offer those in need of true grace. We have compromised our position in Christ.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kansas "Church" is not a Church from my view.

A Topeka, Kansas "church" was scheduled to show up in my city to protest during the funerals of the 5 servicemen killed by a Radical Islamist. Their speech and signs are typically hate filled toward homosexuals. They have missed the idea of love one another, but hate sin. They use the name Baptist in their name and that really bothers me as a Southern Baptist. This "church" does not reflect the truth of scripture in their methods.

While I believe that God is lifting His hand of protection from America more and more because of our sins against Him, I don't believe that those who call themselves believers should react with hate. Jesus tells us to love. There are loving ways to communicate truth and there are ways that are not loving at all.

I am impressed by a group of people planning to shield the mourners from this hateful church group. The grief of losing a loved one in a tragic massacre is enough, the families don't need hateful people communicating a hate filled messages to them as they grieve.
1 John 4:20 (NIV) warns, "If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen."

We are living in times that call for living out our lives in truth and love... a tall and challenging order.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

All in the Need of Grace!

Not one of us is without need of God's Grace shown through Christ Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. All of us are sinners, none are without need of His great mercy. We all fall short, we all fail. We are epic failures. We cannot do anything to save ourselves. Our only salvation is through Christ Jesus. White people, brown people, black people... every color, every race need His grace. No matter what your sin, there is rescue in Christ... Greed, Lust, Rage, Gluttony, Pride, Envy, Sloth... We all have a sinful bent toward one or more that can so easily overtake us. We can try to rationalize them. We can try to point out the ones in others that we are not as prone to, but we cannot escape that fact that we are sinners. . We can't run away from our sins, because we will return to them. We cannot do enough good to pay for them, to somehow tip the scales of good and evil to the good side, because we are so far from true goodness, that we can't even come close to being right with God. We can only be saved by grace.  We can only hope and trust in Jesus, in His salvation, in His grace, in the fact that He paid the price for our sin and has defeated sin and the resulting death. Without Him we cannot be saved. Our lives cannot be healed without Him.  We are totally depraved, incapable of true goodness without His saving grace.

My rants in this blog always bring me back to the fact of my own depravity, the truth that I once was lost, and the sin I don't want to do, I do.  I am a wretch, undeserving of grace.  BUT He is full of grace and gives it without me meriting it. That is awesome! That is marvelous! That is great! I deserve punishment, but He brings me peace.

Isaiah 1:18 (NIV) "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.