For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We have been saved by grace and specifically “not by works” so that no one can boast and I have to tell you that there are few things that can get my blood boiling like seeing people I love lured into taking up the unbearably heavy burden of salvation by human effort under the guise of “fearing God”. This week I listened to a supposedly Christian Pastor BOASTING that he had confidence on the day of judgment because he had been “doing right” over the course of his life. - Wow! - don’t walk; run to the nearest exit if this is what is being preached in your church.
Come expecting a hot time this week as I am fired up about covering some immensely important Christian fundamentals:
Does God expect perfection from us, and if not then how good is good enough; and who decides that standard?
Are we free to “redefine” what perfection is?
Are there going to be Christians going to hell?
How do believers become more Christ like and is it possible to just coast along on the coat-tails of grace?
Will Christians face judgment for their sins on the “Day of Wrath”? If not - why not?
What is grace, where does it come from, and what does it do in the life of one who receives it?
See you Sunday!