“Only a fraction of the present body of professing Christians are solidly appropriating the justifying work of Christ in their lives. Many have so light an apprehension of God’s holiness and of the extent and guilt of their sin that consciously they see little need for justification, although below the surface of their lives they … Continue reading On Whose Righteousness Do You Rely?
God is answering 7 basic questions that we must ask Him, otherwise we’ll craft our own understandings. I call them the “7 questions of spiritual theology” and I define spiritual theology as theology based on a relational hermeneutic, an effort in reading Scripture to hear God speak into our reality in a fashion that positions our reality in His.
Christian teens are feeling numb because the power of the gospel is absent in such a theology. A theology of “avoid the big sins and cover up the little ones”, and “be nice” cannot transform. It can, however, confuse and numb. What is missing is an awesomely holy God and an honest evaluation of the wreckage our lives are because of our sin and estrangement from Him. What is missing is the message that we are so sinful and wrecked that the Son of God had to die for us but we are so prized by God that he was glad to die for us. What is missing is the gospel and its liberating transforming message of justification by faith in finished work of Christ.
I've heard it a hundred times. I've said it a thousand times myself over the years. There are various versions of it: "I just want to be a better Christian." "I'm trying to be a better Christian." "I need to be a more consistent Christian." "I should being do better by now." David Wayne, a. … Continue reading The Problem With Trying To Be “A Better Christian”