Christianity Is Not Another Word for a “Spiritual Shower”

There is another crucial reason why preaching the Gospel of free grace is both necessary and effective at a time when moralism is what reigns supreme; moralism is what far too many people already think Christianity is all about – rules and standards and behavior and cleaning yourself up.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2167

The Acceptance Letter Has Arrived

The Gospel alone liberates us to live a life of scandalous generosity, unrestrained sacrifice, uncommon valor and unbounded courage.

This is the difference between approaching all of life from salvation and approaching all of life for salvation; it’s the difference between approaching life from our acceptance, and not for our acceptance; from love and not for love.  The acceptance letter has arrived, and it cannot be rescinded, thank God.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2137

His Love Meets Resistance from Law-Addled Hearts

The message of God’s one-way love for sinners naturally meets resistance from law-addled hearts.  It produces objections in those who are wired for earning and deserving, which is all of us.  Sometimes these objections are rationalized forms of emotional offense that we looked at in the last chapter.  When our sense of pride is attacked, it defends.  Sometimes these objections are projections of fear about what might happen if people actually believed this message.  Sometimes the objections to grace are simply honest rejoinders to a word that can be very hard to swallow.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2108

Confined to the Prison of Our Own Conditional Thinking

You see, we really are sealed up in the prison of our conditional thinking.  It is terribly difficult for us to get out, and even if someone batters down the door and shatters the bars, chances are we will stay in the prison anyway!  We seem always to want to hold out for something somehow, that little bit of something, and we do it with a passion and an anxiety that betrays its true source – the Old Adam that just does not want to lose control.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2049

Grace Is Wild

Grace is wild.  Grace unsettles everything.  Grace overflows the banks.  Grace messes up your hair.  Grace is not tame.  In fact, unless we are making the devout nervous, we are not preaching grace as we ought.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2034

There Was More to Be Saved than Just the Left-Overs at This Dinner

Or perhaps we are just used to Jesus’s compassion for sinners.  Truth be told, in our day and age, it is not really the story of the immoral woman that is so shocking.  It is Christ’s interaction with Simon the Pharisee that gives us pause.  Indeed, there was more than one person at that diner in need of saving (Luke 7).

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1992