Bold Sinners Saved Freely

Now that we know who a Christian is (if you don’t, check out my last post Back to Basics, Onto Glory) we will now move onto how a Christian should relate to God. Today, many wish to make God their friend. While He is truly our friend, this is a great diminishing of who God is. As one person put it “A God not just enough to condemn is not strong enough to save”. So let’s take a look at the three main points in our relating to God.

  1. You and I are terrible at being righteous. Isaiah writes “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment, And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away”. Have you ever been told that you have to try harder, do better at being a Christian? Do not listen to those people. No matter how hard you try, you are going to fail. You might look good, you might be able to convince your church friends that you are holy and good. But, no matter how convincing an act you put on, you still won’t want people to know the real you. Also, you will still be condemned.
  2. That last part was pretty depressing. So let’s get the Good News (the Gospel). The second thing we need to know is this: That God has done everything for us to be considered righteous. Our duty is not to be righteous. Jesus has done that already. Paul writes “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”. Not only has God made us righteous, He has also provided a way for us to be forgiven for our daily sins. By confessing our sins we may receive the forgiveness God already has for us. There is never a sin too great. God longs to forgive us and wants you, specifically you, to be saved.
  3. So we have had the bad news and the good news. Now for the great news, you are free! Thanks to God, you are free from sin, free from the law, free from those judgemental people always waiting for you to fail. You can look them straight in the eye and say, “On God’s authority I am allowed to screw up”. You are also free to give thanks. Paul says, “Therefore do not be partakers with them [that is the disobedient ones]; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light … trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord”. It is our duty, or rather the duty of the Spirit within us, to learn what things are pleasing to God and do those things. Not for salvation’s sake, not because we have to. But because we love God in return for what He did. That, just as we wish to please our loved ones because we care for them, so too we should wish to please God because He has done so much for us.

Now there is a lot to unpack in what we just went through. That will be what we are going to do in the next few blog posts. So if you were going along and found anything you would like to see discussed in greater detail put a comment below or send me a private message through my Contact Page. Also, if you have anything you would like to add to the conversion please don’t hesitate. I would love to hear if any of this is new to you or exciting you about your faith.

Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.

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Back to Basics, Onto Glory

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So many churches now are trying to get back to the basics. The trouble is, they never really make it, and their goal is to stay there. Our goal will be far different. We are going back to the true basics and will use them as a launching point to dive into all the wonders of Christianity that are, usually, just glossed over, in an attempt to make Christianity into a religion of prosperity and ease.

So what are the true basics? Definitions. We will first define what a Christian is and then what a Christian is to do. So what is a Christian you ask? A Christian is a person who is no longer their own. They belong completely, body and soul, to Jesus Christ, the Savior. Let’s break that down into what it means when we say that.

Belonging to Christ means:

  • Jesus Christ, through His blood, as fully paid for all of your sins past, present, and even future. As Paul writes, “He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions” (Colossians 2:13, emphasis added).
  • He has delivered you totally and completely from the power of the devil, namely sin, and death. John writes, “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
  • Jesus protects and keeps you so that nothing can happen to you except what God wills. It also means God will only allow things to happen to you that will positively affect your salvation. For Jesus said, “yet not a hair of your head will perish” (Like 21:18).
  • Finally, it ensures you of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to lead you in the way of God, and to be your constant companion reassuring you of the truths God has revealed. Paul ensures us of this writing, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14)

This truth, of what it means to be a Christian, can free you from the lifeless and useless religion passed for Christianity today. Internalizing these points, reminding yourself of them every day can increase within yourself a confidence in the redeeming grace of God, His unlimited power, benevolence, and constant presence in your life. I know it brought great comfort to my life when these were taught to me. I no longer worried about the judgments of others or of their opinions on my salvation (because they started to doubt I was saved at all).

Next time, we will start to look into how a Christian, now knowing who he is, should relate to God and approach Him in scripture. Until then, I would love to hear from all of you. How much of this is taught in your church? Does thinking of yourself in this way help free you from any false standards that have been weighing you down? If so, or if not, please leave a comment below or send me a message via my Contact Page.

Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.

Life’s Hard. So Why Go it Alone?

How is life treating you? If you are like Norm Peterson from Cheers, you might say something like he did, “Like I ran over it’s dog”. It seems like that is how most people feel. In fact they have even named it the “Imposter Syndrome”.

I don’t know if you fit into that category but I know I do. I couldn’t tell you all the times I feel totally unqualified in life. Whether at work, home, or out with friends. I feel I must put on an act just to get by. That’s precisely what this blog is about!

  • If you have ever felt like you didn’t belong in your job, school, or church this is the place for you. A special place where those who feel they don’t fit in don’t have to.
  • If you believe you’re half the person you should be, failing to meet expectations, or doomed to mediocrity this is the place for you. A place where people like us can learn about the healing freedom of grace and discover where that can take us.
  • If you have wanted to get away from a dead, powerless religion, life philosophy, or irrelevant and unrealistic expectations, welcome. Because here, we discover the power of faith in a tangible way.

So welcome Saintly Sinners. You and I are not going to fit in so let’s be bold and stick out together. I’d love to hear from all of you. What frustrates you in life? Bogs you down in your walk with God? Or suffocates you when you’re with fellow Christians? Let me know in the comments.

That’s all for now, so “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you.