Repentance

Since posting “Choices”, I’ve been pondering the nature of repentance, particularly since with every election, Christians renew the call for America to repent. Asked to elaborate, most cite abortion and homosexuality as their primary complaints. War, divorce, removing prayer from schools, and pornography are also cited, though typically with less revulsion than is reserved for abortion and homosexuality.

'Hit him again Martha he still hasn't repented...'How I wish I could claim I’ve never been caught up in one of Christianity’s campaigns to stamp out sin in the world. Frankly, the world has every right to sin; a right granted by the Father. But when has scripture – the Word of Truth – ever stopped a religious person who was hell bent on doing a vain religious work? Certainly scripture never stopped me when I was headstrong to carry out some self-righteous work “for God”.

Let the one who does what is evil continue to do what is evil. Let the filthy person continue to be filthy. Let the righteous person continue to do what is right. And let the holy person continue to be holy.” (Revelation 22:11 ISV)

The operative words above? “Let them.” Regretfully, my youthful zeal was easily exploited by those who rail against sin and one day I found myself Continue reading

Name That Wineskin

Let’s play Name that Wineskin.

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will
burst the skins and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new
wine is for fresh wineskins. (
Mark 2:22 ESV)

Which is the OLD wineskin, which is the NEW?

  • An ordained priest conducts a weekly religious service in a man made temple.
  • Every believer a priest, ad hoc assemblies, a life of service, every believer a temple.

burstwineskinWhich is the OLD wine, which is the NEW?

  • The Gospel.
  • The Law of Moses.

How will this wineskin fare?

  • Wineskin: An ordained priest conducts a weekly religious service in a man made temple.
  • Wine: The Gospel.

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