On my way home listening to a Christian radio station—I heard via the pulpit—something like, “This may offend you … but you and I are rotten, filthy sinners!”
One man’s case seems just until he’s cross examined. Proverbs, right? When I hear Jesus restore Peter, Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” Not, “Beat my sheep!”
There’s still grace to extend. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I’ve also done quite a bit of research on this identity issue. What might be happening with the preaching, is:
There likely is such a tender heart for evangelism, the sheep are getting caught in the cross hairs of this glorious gospel. Is it not God who states specifically—once a sinner comes to repentance, there is no need for a tutor any longer?
Absolutely! If you are saved, you have crossed over from death to life. The message changes for you then, in a sense. Rather than being tutored by the law, you are to be built up by the Body that you’d grow spiritually.
That’s what I’m talkin’ about. That’s what God’s talkin’ about!
Consider also, reasonable Christian theology would show a conversion from sinner to son or daughter. No? Yes! A child of God, no longer alienated from Papa God.
Quite frankly, this mixture has become a bit troubling. Many in the pulpit would do well to take a closer look at this issue. Refuse to beat the sheep!
Just because a good amount of what is preached may be true & correct, preachers and teachers should not minimize the concern.
Correcting this approach is an important piece of conveying truth. Teaching mixture while claiming not to be doing so isn’t helping the sheep, right? Acting as if labeling believers as sinners is biblically accurate and without consequences is not fruitful, is it?
True humility accepts pure grace and favor.
Therefore, pure grace receives pure sonship. It’s not mixed sonship. The child of God has flesh, but the child of God is an entirely new creation by nature. The divine nature. They are not sinners; right?
“That’s what I’m talkin’ about. That’s what God’s talkin’ about!”
Sinners are slaves to sin, according to Jesus. Are you a sinner or a saint? Once more I say, choose! Jesus says, “Choose!”
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”
—Mark 2:22 NLT
Right believing leads to right living. Mixture is spoken against by the Risen Jesus. Do you really think it’s wise to mix? Of course not, which puts you on the side of Jesus. Yay!
Now you can live free from the bondage of being labeled a sinner. Instead, go with God’s better plan and receive pure grace as his son, or as his daughter. Live under the covenant which belongs to you—the New one.
Certainly, change the way you think so it lines up with God’s Word. You then have the formula for success and victorious living in Jesus! Can we get some, “Amen’s” up in here? Amen and hallelujah, Jesus!