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22 May 2009

Jeff Miller on "The Hole in Our Gospel"

If you were to go through the Bible and read it with an eye for what breaks God’s heart, after sin and rejection of God we would find injustice and poverty. If we were to ask God, "Why do you allow this injustice and poverty to continue?" God would likely answer, "I commanded the Church to take care of it."

This paragraph is from Jeff Miller's review of Richard Stearns' book, The Hole in Our Gospel. His review alone is extremely convicting. As I read it, I wondered why we generally believe that we have to receive some special calling or have the spiritual gift of mercy in order to do what God commands in this area.

I encourage you to head to Jeff's blog, Consuming Worship, and have a look at the entire review.


Preston N said...

Dean - interesting post! I personally believe the one teaching that is lacking in the church today is the fundamental teaching of moral obligation and accountability. For years the church has been dominated by a teaching that man is incapable of obeying God's laws. Yet just as Jeff's statement clearly implies that Scripture is very clear that God commands us to obey and to love him fully.

Dean Lusk said...

Thanks, Preston!

I'd like to challenge people to dig into the complete Word to see if what Preston's saying here is accurate (it's against accepted theology in a lot of churches and may get you called "heretic").

At the very least, would God command us to do something that He hasn't equipped or enabled us to do?

Tony M said...

I'm currently reading this book - and it's definitely challenging. I have yet to post a review (as I've not finished the book), but here's something I might say: "The 'average' Christian should not read this book. Not, that is, if you want to remain 'average' and not be challenged on what it really means to 'love your neighbor.'"

In other words, I think every Christian should read it.

Preston N said...

Dean - I'll prime the pump here if you will. Here are proof text that clearly suggest man is obligated and commanded to obey God's moral law:

Duet 10:12-14, 16-17; 11:1; 18:9-13; 28:1-9, 15; 30:6-14

Joshua 24:20
1 Sam 12:14-15
1 Chron 28:9
Zech 3:7
Psalms 119
Proverbs 4:4-7;6:23; 7:1-2; 19:16-17;29:18
John 8:31; 15:10
Matt 16:24
1 Cor 9:27
1 John 2:3-4, 3:21-24;4:19-21,
2 John 1:6

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