shout a little

May 18, 2016

shout

I believe in justification by faith. I believe we are saved by having faith in the Son of God as Lord and Savior. But nowadays there is a deadly, automatic quality about getting saved. It bothers me greatly.

I say an “automatic” quality: “Put a nickel’s worth of faith in the slot, pull down the lever and take out the little card of salvation. Tuck it in your wallet and off you go!”

After that, the man or woman can say, “Yes, I’m saved.”

How does he or she know?

“I put the nickel in. I accepted Jesus and I signed the card.”

Very good. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with signing a card. It can be a helpful thing so we know who has made inquiry.

But really, we are brought to God and to faith and to salvation that we might worship and adore Him. We do not come to God that we might be automatic Christians, cookie-cutter Christians, Christians stamped out with a die.

God has provided His salvation that we might be, individually and personally, vibrant children of God, loving God with all our hearts and worshiping Him in the beauty of holiness.

This does not mean, and I am not saying, that we must all worship alike. The Holy Spirit does not operate by anyone’s preconceived idea or formula. But this I know: when the Holy Spirit of God comes among us with His anointing, we become a worshiping people. This may be hard for some to admit, but when we are truly worshiping and adoring the God of all grace and of all love and of all mercy and of all truth, we may not be quiet enough to please everyone.

I do not believe it is necessarily true that we are worshiping God when we are making a lot of racket. But not infrequently worship is audible.

When Jesus came into Jerusalem presenting Himself as Messiah there was a great multitude and there was a great noise. Doubtless many who joined in the singing and the praise had never been able to sing in the right key. When you have a group of people singing anywhere, you know that some of them will not be in tune.

But this is the point to their worship: they were united in praises to God.

Somebody say Amen, (gladly and out loud please).

God bless from scumlikuschurch@gmail.com

Please pray for John Sj, stage 4 cancer

Sally H, a long time ago at age 15 she contracted gonorrhea and was never able to have children, now at 47 years of age she wants to adopt, she is praying for wisdom and guidance.

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