We have to confront our own idolatry? If we don't, we have a declining, unhealthy church. Calvin saidâ€”this is a paraphraseâ€”The human heart is an idol-making factory, making the good things of God into the ultimate, defining things that we worship. I knew that message had to go forth. We could not be for our city what we needed to be if we did not first grasp the gospel deep in our own bones.
How do we do that? You can't get it down deep into your bones if you're not in a local church with a pastor who gets that. He's got to get that. There's a lot of moralistic, do-more, try-harder preaching in churches today. The preaching of the gospel is not, "You must do." The preaching of the gospel is, "Jesus has already done." There's a big difference between them....
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: God's plan is not just to declare us righteous so that we can spend eternity in His presence. But it is indeed to make us righteous so that we might live holy, righteous, and Godly lives here on this earth. . . .
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.---NASB