Saturday, July 07, 2007

wow.

5 comments:

Amy said...

I don't agree! Yes repentance...but I know German Christians that only know repentance, but do not know how to rest in the love of God! This man is sounding like a hard father. It must be both fear as in respect, and grace. Only fear leads to rebellion in most people. Jesus said you would know a Christian by his fruit, and by his Love!

e-Mom said...

Wow, powerful! However, I have to say that I agree with your commentor (amy) above. :~)

That said, I've noticed that men tend to respond to this type of message better than women do. For example, my husband freely admits he gave his life to the Lord as "fire insurance"... he didn't want to go to Hell. Later, of course, he's come to know the love of God. I, on the other hand, responded to the Gospel message because I wanted the "abundant life." Later, I came to understand my sin and its dire consequences.

So I do think there is a place for this kind of strong warning and the need for repentence. But it's incomplete without an understanding of the incredibly attractive love of God.

Thanks for sharing! {{{Hugs}}}

Kristy said...

....a side note to this; this was just a small clip that someone took from a whole sermon......

Anonymous said...

Kristy....WOW!! I got goose bumps from that. It is so true. People don't realize that just saying one is a Christian doesn't make them one. We are sinful creatures and need to be renewing our minds daily. Repenting, meaning confessing and turning away from sin daily. Christ said to abide in him and he will abide in us. Abide means to wait, endure, bear patiently, stay fixed in. If we are not 'eating' the Word daily, we are starving ourselves. I need to be reminded to examine my heart and see how healthy it is on a daily bases. Because the old lady still lives here and is decietful. Thankyou for that message!

And cute blog too!

-Chelsea

Kristi Knifong said...

Great spiritual checkup! When listening to this you have to remember that he is trying to help us answer the question "Do I really believe?" And he's right on because we can't trust our feelings or our hearts (because they deceive us)so how do we really know?! How do we have assurance? Lots of unredeemed people do lots of loving acts and good works. But unredeemed people do not see their need for repentance. What did John the Baptist preach paving the way for Jesus? "Repent!" Repentance needs to be seen as a lifestyle and not an act. Jesus is not our insurance card. He calls us to lay down everything and follow him. Are we really his followers? Contemplating this question is good for all of us.