Essays

All out of breath: Christian moralism & the gospel

Why do we do certain things like pray, read our Bibles, serve, or minister to the lost? Why don’t we do other things like lie, cheat, or steal?

Why are we baptized? Why do we take part in communion? Why do we tithe or fast? What is the motivation for our obedience?

It is because God first loved us that we experience any love for Him at all (1 John 4:19, NIV), and it is because we love Him that we obey His commands (John 14:15, NIV). When our motivation for obedience to Christ is anything but a deep love for Him and a recognition of our need for His grace, we become easily prone to the tangles of moralistic legalism and/or the trappings of prosperity gospel.

the fear of the lord in the shadow of the cross

What is the fear of the Lord?

How does God’s wrath and justice perfectly and wholly coexist with the grace of Jesus Christ?

How do I treasure the cross for what it truly is?

Motivated by these questions and the frequently misinterpreted concept of ‘the fear of the Lord,’ this essay will help us look beyond the shadow of the cross in which we find refuge into the ‘consuming fire’ that is our God; trembling not only at His holy and righteous wrath, but at the miraculous power of Jesus Christ to save us from that wrath.

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