Am I a Good Person?

Wrong question. Well, sorta. If you mean, in comparison to other people, sure, you might just be one of the most outstanding and morally upright human beings I have ever encountered. But when the issue of moral goodness is applied to a human’s relation to God, and whether or not that person can appeal to their better self for some positive weight on the scale on of God’s judgment, the Bible is emphatically certain, that all of us have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).

This is the number one issue that modern people need to deal with today in order to have a correct understanding of who God is, as well as to be able to accurately assess the condition of their own soul before a thrice Holy God. Talking to a friend on Christmas, who heard my sermon just hours before, he had a complete misunderstanding of what sin is, who God is, and why Jesus is necessary for salvation. To him, he was a good person, and   he didn’t feel it fair and just, but rather petty, to have a god send a good person such as himself to hell simply because they don’t do one thing that God requires – believe in Jesus.

I am not sure how much clearer I could have been (but I suppose it does not matter how clearly I could have spoken, for the natural person does not accept the things of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. It is the Spirit of God that reveals these things to men, not words of clarity) but I told him that his perspective is all wrong, because it is not as though he were a perfect person except for a lack of faith in Jesus, rather, it is that he has done nothing but continually sin against God, break His commands, have little to no regard for God or His law, he has not loved Him, and in fact, all his righteous deeds upon which he was basing his status of “good” was nothing but filthy rags in God’s sight. He did not comprehend spiritually that he was by nature an object of God’s divine wrath and fury. And it was this that sentenced Him to hell, not “just not believing in Jesus.” Belief in Jesus for salvation only makes sense in the proper context of human sinfulness. Until a person discern rightly about their status and condition before God as a sinner (made possible only by the sovereign grace of the Holy Spirit of God), the call for faith in Jesus for salvation will continue to remain utter foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. Soli Deo Gloria!

Reformed Catholicity

When we say we are “Reformed”, what does that mean? What is being “Reformed”? The Reformers understood the word as an adjective describing their catholicity. They were “Reformed Catholics.” Since then it has become a noun, we are “Reformed.” That needs to change. Moves toward ecumenism is not a bad thing, and understanding that Jesus wanted His church to be unified might help us become more unified under the banner of catholicity.

We need to stop seeing and living our Christian experience through the lens of the Liberal/Fundamentalist controversy of the early 1900’s. We need to stop attacking each other on every single possible doctrinal issue, attempting to make every other Christian church denomination or person conform to our interpretation and tradition of Scripture. The amount of energy expended on such pursuits could be put towards greater issues of importance, than whether or not someone holds to all 5 points, or views justification as forgiveness of sins instead of imputation of active obedience. Doctrine is important, we need to know the truth and teach the truth, but at what expense?

“Sorry I wasn’t feeding and clothing the poor and homeless, and loving my enemies, and working to see your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven Lord, I was too busy being engaged in meaningless theological debates that produced anger and malice amongst my fellow Chrsitian brothers and sisters. I know that you would be proud of me.”