Saturday, November 19, 2011
SALVATION BY FAITH [ALONE] ? NOPE
Then there are the Rich who know that they are blessed by God; There are the Powerful who know that God supports them because they can afford to buy a horse from the Arabs; The Comfortable who are sure that God loves them because they can afford to buy myrrh from the Egyptians; The Poor who know that their downtrodden state is only the introduction to the gift of plenty that was given to Job; The Criers who assure God that they have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior just as He asked everyone to be. Finally there are those who have been asked to sell all that they have and who walk away because that is too much to ask of them.
This is the challenge that we are all going to hear on this the feast of Christ the King. The challenge in simple monosyllabic terms is "Do what I want you to do. I want you to sell all that you have, leave your fishing nets in your boat and follow me." The secret to Salvation is Believing and Doing.
Following the Will of God leads us to the sheep fold and keeps us there. Anything else gets us into the goat camp. You wouldn't want to be the Leon Culberson of all eternity, now would you?