We often speak about grace with a thousand qualifications which reveal a paralyzing fear that grace will be taken too far. Our greatest concern, it seems, is that people will take advantage of grace
The ironic thing about legalism is that it not only doesn’t make people work harder, it makes them give up. Moralism doesn’t produce morality; rather, it produces immorality.1 comments
Christianity is not a religion; it is the announcement of the end of religion.1 comments
Since our culture is relativistic, licentious, and morally lax, is preaching grace what this culture really needs? Or, to put it another way, is preaching the gospel of grace really the means by which God will save licentious people?
The truth is, that it’s only when we come to terms with the fact that we can’t to do anything for Jesus (Jesus paid it all) that we will want to do everything for Jesus (all to him I owe).
The Bible makes it clear that self-righteousness is the premier enemy of the Gospel.
In becoming a Christian, we don’t need to retreat from the vocational calling we already have—nor do we need to justify that calling, whatever it is, in terms of its “spiritual” value
When the Christian faith becomes defined by who we are and what we do and not by who Christ is and what he did for us, we miss the gospel–and we, ironically, become more disobedient.
The Christian life is not effortless – ”let go and let God” is not biblical. Sanctification is not passive but active.
Perfectionism (or performancism) is a horrible disease. It comes from the pit of hell, smelling like rotting flesh. Someone convinced these folks that they were called to measure up to an unattainable standard
We are, without question, a society of doers. Christians in this cultural context have absorbed this mentality and taken it into their relationship with God and their understanding of the Christian life.
A shift has taken place in the evangelical church with regard to the way we think about the gospel–and it’s far from simply an ivory tower conversation.
While the world constantly tempts us to locate our identity in something or someone smaller than Jesus, the gospel liberates us by revealing that our true identity is locked in Christ.
We Christians have a remarkable tendency to focus almost exclusively on the fruit of the problem.
The gospel has me reconsidering the typical way we think about Christian growth. It has me rethinking spiritual measurements and maturity