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...

3 Reasons You Can’t Fail as a Christian

Imagine you’re taking a final exam for a class you have to pass if you want to graduate. Up to this point in the class you haven’t done so well and you have to ace this test to pass the class. Just thinking about it makes me a bit nervous. That’s a lot of pressure for anyone to handle. The Christian life is like this. This isn’t to say that finding eternal life is like God, the teacher, is waiting for you to get a perfect score before he lets you into the kingdom. In fact, you can’t get a perfect score; and God knows it. If the Christian life is like a test, God has rigged it in your favor. This doesn’t mean everyone passes. But it does mean the test is much easier than we may expect. Here are three reasons you can’t fail this test. Continue Reading...

What Should I Do When God’s Grace Isn’t Enough?

There have been several points in my life when God’s grace wasn’t enough for me. It wasn’t because God wasn’t willing or gracious. It was because I didn’t allow it to be enough. The most recent point was last week. As a teenager I was addicted to pornography and it stayed with me into the first part of my marriage no matter how much I hated it and tried to kill it. Finally, God gave me victory. With the Spirit’s help and the help of my wife and close friends, I remain free to this day. But the memory of my failure haunted me. Actually “haunted” may be a bit light. The memory oppressed and attacked me. The shame was nearly unbearable. Though I had forgiveness and victory, by accepting these thoughts, I was saying, “You grace isn’t enough to take away my shame.” Continue Reading...