Sunday, 10 April 2022

The Other Side of the Grace of God

It is really quite amazing that Christianity has survived at all.

I have been reading some church history again lately, both pre and post Reformation. There sure are a lot of ‘not our finest hours’ at virtually every turn! It is actually really quite sad. Have you ever wondered about that? From so called holy wars to burnings at the stake of those who thought differently than the status quo. From dissensions and factions to denominationalism and the more modern church splits. This is the love of Christ? I have sometimes mused that it is no wonder that many in the world are not interested in what the church is selling. GOD forgive us!

I thought about that again this morning as I read part of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. To continue with the context of the above Scripture passage (Amplified translation):

7. Not that there is [or could be] any other [genuine Gospel], but there are [obviously] some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you [with a different kind of teaching which they offer as a gospel] and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ (the Messiah) [into something which it absolutely is not]. 8. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!

Taken one step further, where does my Christian walk line up in this? Am I walking and living the true Gospel of Christ, or some other man-made pseudo-gospel? Whose gospel are we really following? Hmm, I wonder sometimes.

Yes, it really is quite amazing that Christianity has survived at all. Still, perhaps therein lies the greatest proof of the graceful hand of GOD in our faith. Despite the world’s objections and the church’s infamous and often pseudo-gospel history, two thousand years later the love of GOD still remains. Maybe that’s the greatest miracle of all. Peace and blessings, friends.

Wise Men Still Seek Him!

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