God has only ever saved sinful man in one way: by GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, in CHRIST alone. Adam and Eve knew the promised Messiah as “The Serpent Crusher.” We know him as Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is not a “prospect” of what God might do for all, but an announcement of what Christ has done (and will do) for his people.
The Church has never had a monopoly on self-righteousness. Never. Remember, the Pharisees were not Christians. By and large, the Pharisees were the ones who rejected Christ. Contrary to Evangelical opinion, you can be a God-hating Liberal and still be a raging Pharisee.
Many Christians think everything is just getting worse and worse. Even more concerning, many Christians think this is God’s plan.
The Bible unapologetically affirms national borders. Not only are nations permitted to defend themselves against foreign threats, but the Bible teaches that nations are divinely instituted by God and commanded to defend themselves against both domestic and foreign threats.
Frequently, God’s commandments feel like a burden. So how can we “delight in the Law of God” when we are so weak and God seems to have so many rules.