I love Christ and believe in his unconditional sovereign free and even scandalous grace.
But some people who say they do are just reverse legalists. They leave the good news and attack abstract concepts!
“Religion is to blame!”
“Tradition is to blame!”
“Churches are to blame.”
“Pastors are to blame!”
That is the problem with most revolutions-we can tear down but don’t know how to build.
It is so, so, unattractive, unintelligent and even, may I say it?- Unspiritual. It is almost hideous.
You know why they do this? Because somewhere along the line they have become stale in their relationship with God.
How can one be softened by the presence of the Son of God and be so hard? They have become bored with Jesus so they don their crusader outfit on and attack the very ones Jesus loves-all in the name of grace? I am incredulous.
They run around saying like they did in Corinth saying, “I am of Christ and you are not!” and then I ask, “Is Christ divided?
If you say he is, you need to read your Bible. You could not attack his people without him coming down from the right hand place and him saying, “Why do you persecute ME! ” The body was hurt and the head cried out.
Newsflash: People are to blame. People just like them. Just like you and me-chronic sinners, saved by the mercy of the gracious Lord Jesus.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. Love his people whether they agree with you or not. A lot of those you call religionists and legalists are still saved, God loves them. Is that not the point of the gospel message? Or have you become a grace revisionist and interpret everything in the Word to support your arguments?
All teaching and worship must be must be connected and centered on Christ. In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. The awesome Son of God! The image of the invisible God! In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church! In everything he has supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.
For the Christian, Christ is all. In him and through him and of him.
It is that clear.