Pulpits Today are Full of Preachers Telling One-Legged People to Jump Higher and Run Faster

I have attended church regularly since I was less than a week old.  I’ve listened to sermons about virtue, sermons against vice.  I have heard about money, time management, tithing, abstinence and generosity.  I’ve listened to thousands of sermons.  But I could count on one hand of number [of sermons] that were a simple proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 917

 

Judgment Steamrolls Over Us Most of the Time

I wonder if any of us strong enough to withstand the perceived judgments upon our lives, which touch the fears within.  Have you ever tried to win the favor of a person who actively dislikes you?  To get him to like you, you may have changed your style of dress.  You may have altered your schedule.  You may have stopped something you’ve been doing or started something new.  You may have carried out their wishes to the last detail.  You may have tried once, then again, then a thousand times.  But you have not won from this person the affirmation you so deeply desire.  Judgment steamrolls over us most of the time.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 834

Three Self-Salvation Strategies

The gap between who we are and who we should be always produces a reaction.  If we’re criticized, we defend.  If we’re rejected, we sulk.  It’s never neutral.  When we feel the weight of judgment against us, those who are addicted to their own sense of control – all of us – tend to slip into the slavery of self-salvation.  Our three most common and instinctual self-salvation strategies are fight, flight or appeasement.  All of them are consuming, but none is particularly productive.  The opposite, in fact.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 805

We Hate This More Thank Being Told What to Do…

The law offends us because it tells us what to do – and most of the time, we hate anyone telling us what to do.  But ironically, grace offends us even more, because it tells us that there is nothing we can do, that everything has already been done.  And if there is something we hate more than being told what to do, it’s being told that we can’t do anything, that we can’t earn anything – that we are helpless, weak and needy.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 698

By Nature, We Are Addicted to Works

By nature, you are completely addicted to a legal method of salvation.  Even after you become a Christian by believing the Gospel, your heart is still addicted to salvation by works…You find it hard to believe that you should get any blessing before you work for it.

– Walter Marshall

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 683