Framework #16 – MACRO Theology – Doctrine of Salvation

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I stood there almost lifeless from the aftershock of what I had just heard.  I was recently at an FCA gathering of students at a local high school and heard the speaker say, “Everyone bow your heads, close your eyes, and repeat this prayer after me.  Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner.  I know that You say if I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart, then I will be saved.  I do.  Thank you for saving me.  Amen.”  Then the speaker asked everyone who said the prayer to tell the youth leaders in the group that they just committed their life to Christ.  WHAT?!  No one knew what this guy was going to pray.  I even heard youth pastors repeating the prayer!  Is this real salvation?  Is this all God expects?  Is it just this easy?  I’m still shocked! Continue reading

Christocentrism #4 – Genesis and Colossians – Jesus Christ is the Center of our Sanctification

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He was one of the coolest guys I ever knew. This dude totally had it all together. He was a great athlete, all of the girls swarmed him, his intelligence was stellar, and he just had that laid back attitude that everyone enjoyed. During the prime of his life, this close friend of mine was in a tragic car accident. From the accident, he no longer had the physical agility to play sports, he no longer had the attractive look, his intelligence was severely altered, and his personality had changed drastically. He was still the same person God had created him to be but very distorted. Continue reading