Thursday, September 21, 2006

Learning to say “No” Salvation Part 2

My daughter was told to sit at the table and eat her lunch. Mother had made a plate full of wonderful kid style delights with carrots and ranch, tater-tots and fish sticks. The other kids ate their lunch and took their dishes to the kitchen, but my daughter sat there playing with her fish sticks.

Normally she likes them, normally she loves them, and normally we have to cook a little extra. Today was not a normal day. Finally after an hour of her just sitting there she promised her mother that she just wasn’t hungry and would eat them later. The plate went to the counter to wait her next hunger pains.

The rest of the afternoon every time she asked for a snack or a treat she was handed a fish stick which she promptly refused. While I was busy working off in the office my wife was fighting a battle. My wife left for a women’s meeting and handed me the reigns. I was aware of the “battle.”

About 30 min after my wife left my little girl came wandering in to my office and asked for a snack. I asked her about the fish sticks and she said “all gone.” I jumped to my feet and took the kids to the kitchen to slice some cheese for a treat. Sure enough the fish stick plate was empty. I was proud t hat my little angel had done the right thing. I cut the cheese *ha ha* and handed a bit to each child who ran off with their treat.

Then I turned, I looked down at the Dog’s dish and noticed ketchup under the dog food. My little angel had done a desperate act. You guessed it, all four left over fish sticks were sticking out from under the dog food. The puppy came in to see what the fuss was about and promptly ate everything in his bowl. I stuck my head into the family room and asked my daughter about the fish sticks. She said mom had taken care of them and she was happily eating her cheese. I decided to wait.

Mom got home and long story short I ended up punishing my very tearful daughter. Suddenly she became repentant for all that she had done. Her confession lasted longer than the punishment but it still bothers a daddy to have to do it.

Then I started to think back about this, who taught my kids to say “no?” Who taught them to be so deviant? Who gave them this ability to do the wrong thing and seek out the forbidden areas? I admit I do my part by example, but not like this. The fact is they are pleanty evil on their own.

John 3:19-21 "This is the crisis we're in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won't come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is."

The first step in looking at Salvation for me, is to recognize that man may do good deeds, man may have good works, but man is still sinful above all else. Without getting deeper into the holiness of God, there is no way man in any part of goodness or good deeds can gain salvation. This includes even the knowledge of God. I know it seems harsh, but it is a fact.

Nothing man can do can lead to Salvation.

What disturbs me the most is the way “Modern Christianity” has strayed from this point. Most of the pastors that I have spoken to or listened to, have it backward. The teaching that man comes to God for salvation out of his own goodness to receive grace is a heretical teaching and is being propagated in churches and bible colleges across the US.

If salvation in any part relies on sinful man, that salvation can not be secure. God doesn’t look down and see this “good person” just longing to be saved and say well sure. God has elected those to show His Grace to those who are saved long before the foundations of our world.

Are you in the Light?

I promise, I will not be so long in posting my next to this blog.

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