When Righteousness Doesn’t Matter

My experience of salvation is this: I thought I was good and deserved Heaven. Then I found out I wasn’t and deserved Hell. My good works and good heritage didn’t matter. I spent a good deal of time living my life under the expectation that I had been given something great because of who I was. I was born into a Christian family. I said the sinner’s prayer at an early age. And I always went to church and participated in all the good activities. I thought my goal in life was to “not screw it up.” I thought my righteousness mattered. Continue Reading...

Does the Old Testament Apply to Christians?

The Bible is one book, but it has two parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament. Reading the Bible can be confusing if we do not understand how to read this book with two parts. As Christians, we tend to focus on the teachings of the New Testament because it contains the written revelation of Jesus––the one whom we follow. However, like all books, one must read the beginning to understand the end. We cannot understand the significance of the New Testament if we do not know the Old. The Old Testament creates the expectation and context for the what happens in the New. This means the Old Testament “applies” just as much to our lives as the New Testament. It can be more difficult to recognize its application, though, because it must be interpreted in light of how Jesus’ fulfilled it. The New Testament is usually easier to apply because it explains who Jesus is and tells us what following him entails. Continue Reading...

God is Giving Out New Free Passes! Get Yours Now!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) Continue Reading...