Relentlessly Against Everything that Hinders the Way of Salvation

Christ won the battle of Calvary against sin and won the cosmic war against Satan.  He wins over carnal logismoi (idolatrous constructions that provide alternative accounts and answers to the fundamental questions of life.  They are spiritual metanarratives that shape people’s lives, deviating them from the truth of Christ) and calls all men to repent and believe in Him.  Christ’s victory is the reason we can engage in this spiritual battle with the right spiritual weapons, loving our neighbors but being relentlessly against everything that hinders the way of salvation.

– de Chirico, Lenoard; TableTalk; “Strongholds and Supremecy”; January, 2019; p. 37

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A Very, Very Short List, Indeed

If God forgave only those who sincerely repented and changed their ways, it would be a very short list.  “While we were yet sinners” is how the apostle Paul put it (Romans 5:8).

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1977

The Collective Need to Repent and Confess

To be clear, I absolutely believe in our collective need to repent and confess our sins to one another (James 5:16).  I am only cautioning against doing so outside the context of the countervailing, scandalous nature of God’s unconditional love.  It is, after all, “God’s kindness [that] leads you toward repentance” (Romans 2:4), repentance being nearly synonymous with honesty.  The confidence that “there is no no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1) is the engine that fuels honesty with one another, about both our ongoing sin and our ongoing suffering.  Fortunately, this is the good news that lies at the heart of the gospel.  But I disagree.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 71

Who Is a Christian?

A Christian is one who repents, which literally means turning his back to sin and his face toward God, and walks with Jesus as his new identity. In Christ, we’re saved from a worldly way of living and transformed to a holy way of living. In God’s grace, this can establish a new pattern for generations to come as our children and grandchildren are encouraged to follow in our proverbial footsteps with Jesus.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 71

Apart from Grace, We Can’t Come To Terms With Our Mortal Wound

Apart from God’s grace, we cannot come to terms sufficiently with our mortal wound or enter into the genuine revelry and mirth of God’s kingdom.  Denying our sin (not just sins, but our sinful condition), we’re too silly for a funeral; finding the gospel foolish, we are too timid for a real celebration.  “Repent, and believe the Good News”; this command forms the two aspects of conversion: repentance toward sin and faith toward God.  After the funeral there is dancing.  In repentance, we say no to idols, powers, rulers and lies of this present evil age and in faith we say yes to Christ, “in whom all of God’s promises are ‘Yes!’ and ‘Amen!’ (II Corinthians 1:20)

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 117-118

Sinners and Religious People Must Start with Repentance

The missional church seeks to call both lost sinners to repent of their sin and religious people to repent of their religion for three reasons.  First, both pursue righteousness apart from Jesus’ grace, which is an offense to the gospel.  Second, if only so-called sinners are called to repent, then these “sinners” wrongly think the church is trying to make them into religious people, while the religious people fail to see that they are sinners too who need to repent and live humbly by grace.  Third, it was the religious leaders whom Jesus most sharply rebuked and was most violently opposed by; if we are to follow the example of Jesus, we must be just as forthright with the religious while accepting that they will likely be our most vocal critics and opponents.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 223

Information Does Not Lead to Transformation

Sadly, some Christians believe that information alone will result in transformation.  However, the entire point of study is to repent of what grieves the Lord and become increasingly transformed to be more and more like Jesus.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 197