Friday, July 25, 2014

Are You a Sinner/Saint or are You a Religious Hypocrite?

Intrinsically the saints are always sinners; extrinsically, therefore, they are always justified. Hypocrites, on the other hand, are always [viewing themselves as] intrinsically righteous; extrinsically, therefore, they are always sinners.
--Martin Luther, LW 25:257; quoted in Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, 4:194

If you are a saint you are intrinsically always a sinner. Sin belongs to your essential nature. Extrinsically you are always justified, because you know that your justification does not come from you at all, it is a gift by grace from God. On the other hand if you are a sinner but you view yourself as intrinsically righteous you are a hypocrite and are always a sinner extrinsically. If you think basically you are a good person you are deceived and extrinsically you are always a sinner because you don't acknowledge or believe you are a sinner. Justification is not extrinsically yours because its not a basic part of you. Religious people always get this backwards that's why they are hypocrites. Are you a sinner/saint or are you a religious hypocrite? Thanks Marty for this nugget of truth.

Johnny Cash - I Won't Back Down

Otis Redding - Sitting on the dock of the bay

Traffic - Feelin' Alright - 1968 Remastered

James Cotton - Honest I Do

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What is the gospel?

What is the gospel? Well, you remember the answer of the Apostle Paul, 'It is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth' (Rom. 1.16).

How easy it is to forget that. How easy to preach it as a system, to preach it as a collection of ideas, or just to preach it as a truth. Ah, but you can do that without power. There are people, say the Apostle Paul, who 'have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof' (2 Tim. 3.5).

Christianity is primarily a life. It is a power. It is a manifestation of energy.

--Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Revival (Crossway, 1987), 123

Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave"

Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around

Johnny Cash - Your Own Personal Jesus Music Video

Most of the Time - Bob Dylan