En Gedi: Finding rest in the wilderness!

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“Sin is the dare of God’s justice, the rape of His mercy…”

Posted by Scott on March 5, 2008

 

Sound Doctrine  

Tune-Out God’s Holiness, Then Goes Sin and Grace

   Quoting David Wells . . .

The loss of the traditional vision of God as holy is now manifested everywhere in the evangelical world. It is the key to understanding why sin and grace have become such empty terms. What depth or meaning, P.T. Forsyth asked, can these terms have except in relation to the holiness of God? Divorced from the holiness of God, sin is merely self-defeating behavior or a breach in etiquette. Divorced from the holiness of God, grace is merely empty rhetoric, pious window dressing for the modern technique by which sinners work out their own salvation. Divorced from the holiness of God, our gospel becomes indistinguishable from any of a host of alternative self-help doctrines. Divorced from the holiness of God, our public morality is reduced to little more than an accumulation of trade-offs between competing private interests. Divorced from the holiness of God, our worship becomes mere entertainment.The holiness of God is the [foundation of reality]. Sin is defiance of God’s holiness, the Cross is the outworking and victory of God’s holiness, and faith is the recognition of God’s holiness. Knowing that God is holy is therefore the key to knowing life as it truly is, knowing Christ as he truly is, knowing why he came, and knowing how life will end.

From:  No Place for Truth, Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?

Posted by: Jim B.   Link: http://www.oldtruth.com/blog.cfm/id.2.pid.640
Comments:
“My eyes run with tears because men do not keep your law” Posted by: Matthew Jolley on Friday, November 23, 2007


 

I had a local “pastor” say from the pulpit, that “Sin, after salvation is really JUST a bad choice”.Grieved at the course the ‘pastors’ are heading.

When ‘salvation’ is ‘intellectually’ understood, without the heart understanding from the indwelling Holy Spirit, then this is the spiral the above post has so perfectly nailed.

Posted by: Brent on Friday, November 23, 2007


 

Without the holiness of God sin is no longer an affront against God, but becomes man falling short of his full potential. Look at all the modern terms that so many use for sin: poor choice, bad decision, mistake, falling down, failure, being misdirected, lapse in judgment. People call it such because they have no vision, no grasp, no sense of the holiness of God.If God is not holy then the cross is needless and becomes the cosmic child abuse that Steven Chalke calls it. When sin is renamed by the pastors then it strips God of His holines. When God is stripped of His holiness then the traditional gospel is no longer good news and is replaced by the new gospel, the American gospel, that God loves you and accepts you just like you are. The “life change” that is preached in most churches then is about becoming a better person and fulfilling your potential.

The church must get back to preaching and teaching its people about the holiness of God so that the people can see themselves for what they really are before God. This would lead to the repentance of the lost, and the gratefulness of the saved, and would give a weight to worship that has not been seen much since the time of the Puritans. It might even spark a new awakening. When I think of preaching like this, and the effects it would have “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” comes to mind.

Posted by: Morris Brooks on Sunday, November 25, 2007


 

“Sin is the dare of God’s justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power, and the contempt of His love.”John Bunyan (1628-1688)

Posted by: sarah-luvvom on Monday, November 26, 2007

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