Has God always saved people the same way? Why does it seem that so few were saved in Israel in the Old Testament?
On one side there is the ditch of the “Social-Gospel.” However, Christians must avoid the temptation of overcompensating and crashing into the other ditch of “Pietism.”
The Apostle Paul was willing to say “I am the chief of sinners.” So why are we so afraid to acknowledge our own sinfulness? Perhaps, this reveals the fact that we still struggle to believe that the Gospel is a message of grace, not works.
Christ does not promise comfort and ease in this life. He does not promise us marriage, children, or health. What Christ does promise is forgiveness of sins, freedom from God’s wrath, adoption as His children, and eternal life. Is this not enough hope for you?
To live by faith (or to do anything by faith) is to be governed by a dependence on God’s grace and a desire for God’s glory.
Much of the wickedness we find in society today is being constantly defended by this one fallacy: “The execution should be the norm.”