Thursday, 14 March 2013
Toning down the Gospel
Here's what I had to repent of: I had felt the need to soften a lot of Jesus' statements, because in my arrogance I think, "Okay Jesus, I'm not going to say that like that. Trust me, people will like you more and be more willing to accept you if I say it like this." Obviously I've never said that to God. But that's the attitude I've taken, and it made me sick. Who in the heck do I think I am? To think that I can make God more palatable or attractive if I try and change the tone in which he says some things. I know people say, "Well it's just cultural this or that." That's garbage. People back then had a much deeper reverence for God than we do. Especially the religious community. Yet it's to those people whom he speaks so harshly.What in the world would he say to us today? I don't think it'd be a softer message.
Francis Chan in an interview about his book Erasing Hell
John Wesley was almost in despair. He did not have the faith to continue to preach. When death stared him in the face, he was fearful and ...