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.

My sorrow and my shame

My sorrow

I have tried to put forth a gospel in scripture the church refused to believe.  Although this gospel is in scripture, it for some reason is unseen.  This is the gospel that the book of Acts testifies to when it says in the last part of the book that Paul preached in Rome from the books of Moses and the prophets. 

From the Law of Moses this in a nutshell is Paul’s gospel from our New Testament:

God imputed to Abraham righteousness because of his faith.  His faith added nothing to this righteousness that God gave him, but through his faith he received what God alone can do for man.

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendents and gave the seal of circumcision.  Paul testifies that this seal was a seal of righteousness that Abraham received not because he obeyed the order to circumcise but because he believed God before he was circumcised.  This is how Abraham before the Law was credited righteousness by God outside of any effort of his own.  Abraham was our example of how we are imputed righteousness not from the Law but by faith.

Paul also taught this was imputed to him because he put his belief into action making it a living faith.  Scripture tells us by putting his faith to action he left the land of his fathers and sojourned in a land not his own.  He believed God when He said that, “you are the father of many nations.”  He offered his son believing God to raise Him from the dead, for he did not doubt the promises.  Paul says Abraham hoped against all hope.

Paul still teaching from the Law of Moses instructs us that this covenant of imputed righteousness was not just for Abraham but his descendents.  This is why it was an everlasting covenant.  Paul adds to the sons of Abraham by telling gentiles we too are now included in this blessing of Abraham through Christ.  The crowd that Paul preached to was not the first to be imputed righteousness but were part of a long line of those God has been giving His gospel of imputed righteousness to.

This is why Hebrews tells us those at Mt. Sinai had the same gospel preached to them as we do today.  But how did the chosen people of God’s election treat His gospel.  Moses took it lightly and God was about to kill him on his way to Egypt until his wife circumcised their son.  God was not going to let his prophet start off on the wrong foot by making light of the seal of righteousness God gave them.

From then on His people have continued to make light of the righteousness God gave them.  They sought their own through the Law, causing Paul to say they rejected the righteousness of God because they worked for it, instead of accepting it by faith.

Others rejected the righteousness of God by ignoring what Moses commanded them and rejected all righteousness.  But a few, like David, understood what God had done and today we use his voice in scripture to talk of our own salvation.  Yet this is a man who we would say is Old Testament and couldn’t possibly have our gospel.

Now today, we have nothing on Abraham and we have all gone our own way.  Some of us who believe have gone into unrighteousness.  Others have gone the way of the Law, but some of us truly do have faith.

Because I preach this gospel that Paul preached from the Law of Moses and the prophets I am scorned, made light of, taken off others web sights and looked at as a spiritual sicko. 

Forget the implications of a people who put confidence that the grace of God has sealed them, when we see the grace of God not sealing anyone who did not approach him with living faith.  They can’t fathom God imputing to the people of Israel His righteousness, which they like us do not deserve.  Now do they understand from the Moses and the prophets they too had our gospel and our hope of salvation.  Now we too being grafted into Abraham have the same promises.

But this gospel has made me distasteful to the church, my insistence on the truth of this gospel Paul preached from the Law of Moses and the prophets, even has me at odds with those who have been the closest to me for the longest time.  Truly I am alone in this.

At times my conviction of the truth of this gospel clashes with my multiple rejections and attacks to cause me such a sorrow in my soul that I feel like I have a huge rip in the inner part of my soul.  I at times fell overwhelmed with grief, the people of God reject what Paul has preached to us in the New Testament from the Law of Moses and the Prophets, as if we have some new gospel from him.  Sometimes I feel my sorrow on this more than I can bear, and standing alone I have to cry out to the one who promised us His gospel.

My shame

At times I have proven myself all to human and reacted to those who have attacked me, attacked the gospel I preach, keeping themselves blind and all their hearers.  Instead of responding like I feel I should I have attacked back.

I think back to the man of God who called fire down two times on those who came to get him.  Is my cause any different than his?  He preached to the people of God too and they would not listen either.  They to had already found their answers. 

To my shame, I at times do not know if I am coming or going.  At times, in the pain I feel, I wished I had never started this, but the turmoil inside of me will rip me apart, I fear if, I don’t continue. 

To my shame I have not been with the Lord like I need, to be able to preach the gospel of Paul and like Paul say,

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.[1]

[1] I Corinthians 2:4-5