For all who might desire the essence and character of what I AM will be healed and saved from the power of sin and death. – Trig’s translation of Romans 10:13
This is how the little child in Africa who has never heard the Gospel in his or her life still receives salvation should they be killed.
This is the deathblow to exclusive, fundamentalist Christianity.
If a husband asks his wife if she “believes in him”, what is he asking? He’s asking if she trusts him.
If someone asks you to “have a little faith in me”, they are asking you to trust in them.
And yet Christians across the world insist Jesus means for us to “believe” in his divinity. Yes/no, cut and dried. This insistence leaves us with a neutered understanding of “believe”.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
But why, why did Jesus choose to sing such things? Was the gravity, the finality, the hopelessness finally starting to become real to him? Was he losing faith, or hope?
Bible Readings for Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 – The 2nd Week of Lent *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 128 1. [A Song of Ascents.] Happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. 2. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall […]
Bible Readings for Saturday March 19th, 2011 – The 2nd Week of Lent *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 121 1. [A Song of Ascents.] I lift up my eyes to the hills– from where will my help come? 2. My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. […]
You cannot earn Grace. You cannot earn salvation. Nothing you DO in this life can increase the assurance of your claim to salvation and Grace. It is by God’s work alone. Never by your own.
If you must DO ANYTHING to receive salvation, it negates Grace.
Bible Readings for Friday March 11th, 2011 – The 1st Week of Lent *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 51 1. [To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your […]
Bible Readings for Monday March 7th, 2011 – The Week of The Transfiguration *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 78:17-20, 52-55 17. Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. 18. They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. 19. […]
Bible Readings for Sunday March 6th, 2011 – The Week of The Transfiguration *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Exodus 24:12-18 12. The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, […]