Sunday, August 23, 2009
The offense of the Cross
Can we live without grace? Are we improvable without the Cross of Christ? I just taught through Galatians in a month and was once again impressed that the issue seems to be moral power without the cross. A bootstrap mentality. I did it my way type of thinking.
Does a self powered improvement show that kind of hope and grace that can help people who are not so strong willed or resilient. The self improvment industry is incredibly strong and has some real winners as poster children.
I continue to believe the weight of evidence is on the gospel side. If there could be a law that could perfect the soul, then Christ came needlessly. There is also hope for the very weak and very battered and very defeated to be lifted by the cross to healing and wholeness. And, God will and should be glorified for the gospel of grace.
I do not think He came needlessly. His power to lift the weak and humble the strong it a necessary two edged sword. The cross less self improvement churches have an ultimately cruel message when they borrow more from mind science than from Christ's spirit to transform. Just an opinion, not whistling dixie, though.