Finger on the issue
My last post was a very heartfelt post for me and I opened myself up to those who read this blog. I want to say that to date I feel all of the comments I have received were comments of like kind. I find them kind words, because they too are from the reader’s hearts. One disadvantage of being me is I can not see what you guys see. One of the disadvantages of being you is that you can not read my mind. One of the disadvantages of being human, communicating what we communicated at times is not what we thought we communicated. So with my last post and many post.
To address the concern my gospel doesn’t mention Christ enough, and Abraham far to many times. It is my conviction that the modern Samerican gospel is so out of whack that if it were a building, we would be tearing it down and building a new foundation. So in trying to reach out to the church, those Samericans who with their hearts worship what they do not know, I want to build a new foundation.
Paul preaches, late in the book of Acts, from the Law of Moses and the prophets. This is not only his foundation, it is his gospel. Of him it was said that he proved that Jesus was the Christ from these scriptures. Knowing that I do not have to convince anyone of this fact, I am trying to get the church to see what Paul and others have preached to us in their letters concerning what came from the books of Moses and the prophets. I want a clean level foundation to build upon, and I think we would all agree what Paul teaches from there is a good place from which to build a foundation.
So in my posts I am not writing about many things I would love to write about. Instead seeing the condition of the almost unrecognizable Samerican gospel, I have chosen this to be my starting point. If the foundation is not properly laid down, then we will get what appears to be contradictions in scripture, which we have today between Calvin and Armin. I advocate that the gospel I preach, which is not my own but Paul’s and others, does away with these so called conflicts in scripture. But I can’t put a roof on a wall that has no support. This is why I push and will continue to push the foundation of The Gospel According to the Gospel until it produces fruit. But as of yet, it has produced no fruit.
Now speaking of fruit, I have been trying to till the soil and fertilize it to see some fruit from the gospel I advocate. Instead I have only briers and thorns. Yes it is very frustrating and I am sure we all feel this way at times when your own passion for the truth to be realized in others is for not. The rip, as it has been coined, is not that I am angry or teed off. At times the churches trampling of the true foundation of the hope we share in through Christ grieves me so. Yes, sometimes to the point of feeling undone. I almost called the post, Knowing why Jesus was acquainted with grief, sorrow and affliction. It is deeply saddening to realize the hostility of the church to the simplest truths found in scripture.
The Samerican church wants to be the Samerican church. I assumed those who say they love the Lord would want to study and grow. For the most part no they do not. So for those who do not understand my insistence on being confrontational I want you to know I do it for several reasons.
I like another man have not gotten to the point yet, where I am done trying to persuade those of my own background. I hope to see some fruit in it still. So bear with me as I continue to strive in this.
I deeply feel, if I can not defend the sheep from the shepherds I have no gospel to preach. I have spent time in prayer and study to make sure what I feel the Lord is telling me is without error and contradictions. It needs to be the gospel. Debating the church challenges my gospel and I, for my self first and those who hear me, need to see it stand on its own in scripture alone. In fact I believe it needs to make the other side ridiculous in light of scripture. In order to make powerless their gospel to show the sheep these shepherds have no sway over them.
Debating with the church has challenged me to study more and more, to dig deeper and deeper as I consider some of their theology. So this in of itself is not harmful. But I do need to give an account of what I believe to all men even them. So this is some of the reasons I strive with the church and will continue to do so.
Just as Paul expressed his grief that the Jews rejected Christ, so I have expressed some grief. Just like Paul wishes he himself were cut off as if it were possible so they would believe, a… nope that is not me, I am not there yet. Anyway we will all move forward.
I hope this helps my readers to understand what my focus and why my focus is where it is at. Maybe some day we can move on from here together.