Salvation Is Hard

A few days ago I posted some thoughts on my blog under the title Practicality vs Airy Fairy.

Those thoughts were inspired by the contrast I’d seen between the very practical content of Jeff’s  recent series of articles on his Anti-itch Meditation blog about Justification, and an article sent to me by a friend that seemed to be all “head in the clouds” with little practical meaning; an article written by a very respected Christian identity.

This current article on Jeff’s site continues the practical and challenging line of his justification writings.

anti-itch meditation

Many years ago I was talking to an older guy about fixing a broken something or other. He was a handyman type, knew how to fix everything. I’m a waste of space at fixing things.

He was telling me how simple it was to do this repair. To emphasize how simple it was he said, “It’s as easy as getting saved.”

I was stunned by his statement. I remember laughing and saying something like, “Hm, I never thought getting saved was all that easy.” He was then stunned by my statement!

There are many who think “getting saved” is easy. If you view justification by faith alone the way most do–nodding your head yes at the appropriate time of the emotional Gospel presentation–then yeah, getting saved is easy.

Easy Salvation agrees to the facts of the Gospel and you’re good to go.

What amazes me is watching Jesus Christ talk…

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4 thoughts on “Salvation Is Hard

  1. Thanks for the encouragement lately. This is a tough issue for me and has cost me. I will admit to feeling lonely and somewhat heretical for saying such things! It’s nice to know someone else is out there who sees what I saw in the Bible.

  2. The encouragement clearly goes both ways.
    It seems to get harder and harder to find Christians who don’t see scripture as a tool intended to support what they prefer to believe. So many think nothing of changing the clear meaning of a passage to make it more favourable to their chosen “theology”.

  3. This might be the right time to share about a recent conversation. The father of my children [while we married, even before ever having children, not any man who gets married or has children is a husband] told me about a conversation he had with his father a few days ago. His dad is almost ninety. “Protestant work ethic” was the term for the day. I began to expound on what I’ve learned it means (while it is not something I grew up hearing); it’s almost code for “If God is on your side, you can’t be poor” and “If you’re poor, well we know …”

    I thought I was stating a caricature to get across the essence of what I’ve seen. Turned out it wasn’t a caricature; his dad had actually talked about knowing you’re probably okay with God if you have money. And, of course this explains his being died-in-the-wool conservative. Well, they will tell you working wasn’t easy. I would have to agree it wasn’t easy for him; he was a lifetime soldier. But there are plenty of people in other circumstances, both rich and poor. And all that doesn’t even get around to some of the words Jeff shared at his site.

    I grew up hearing Bible, not euphemisms like something about a “work ethic.” But I did hear… this religion, no that one, no the other. Different family members went to different congregations. And all valued education and talked about professions and so forth. To me, certain behaviors simply seemed like life — not “proof of life” or signs of God’s favor. I’ve begun to make “connections” based on the religious tenet. Protestants had to start accepting Jews or they couldn’t continue to tell themselves money/work ethic is what counts.

  4. Somehow, while putting in the hyphens, dyed got “INcorrected” to died (perhaps appropriately). I told someone recently that I think this will be my last kindle. (I don’t remember what malfunction was happening at the time.) The response I got was that this one will probably never break down. I cracked up laughing, “yeah, I might’ve just now blessed my kindle.”

    I want to add that I spent a lot of time in “Protestant” environments, most notably in Lutheran schools for six years (from a year before memorizing catechism [while I didn’t participate in their confirmations] to graduation from high school). (I also spent two years in a Nazarene school [first and second grades]; not so positive.) So I do not mean to paint all protestants [whether from one denomination to another or from one person to another within any denomination or non-denominational or of no denomination] in a certain way; if I didn’t hear about “the work ethic” or working hard to prove you’re saved (via your paycheck or bank account or other holdings), that includes not hearing it there. But what I referred to in my previous post was the current prominent and dominant overtaking of the field with counterfeit in pop culture.

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