By Steve McVey
Could many churchgoing Christians be getting a diluted Christianity—one that diminishes the loving, giving, personal God who presents the believer every thing in lifestyles? writer Steve McVey passionately yet unwittingly taught from the pulpit the very lies he now exposes. Forthrightly yet humbly, he exhibits how pastors and church buildings can turn out distorting scriptural truths due to their preconceptions. beginning up the Scriptures freshly, Steve examines normal difficulties comparable to
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But nobody calls him a liar. After all, they know he means that nobody has ever surpassed his record, which he still holds. He is the boxing champion of the world. That’s what Paul meant when he said he was the chief of sinners. He wasn’t saying that he still out-sinned everybody. Because he was in Christ, Paul did not have the identity of a sinner, and he didn’t see himself that way. He simply meant that before he knew Christ, nobody had topped his sinning record. It was something he never forgot: As a Pharisee, he had persecuted Christians by putting them in prison even to death.
Paul explained the effect of grace this way: For if by the transgression of the one [Adam], death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17). He said that if we’re going to reign in life, there needs to be an abundance of grace. That abundance has provided the gift of righteousness. When we understand that, the result will be that we reign in life, which surely does not sound like an encouragement to keep sinning.
So if you focus on how much you should love God, that command will condemn you and cause you to be filled with a sense of guilt. In fact, people often feel that they ought to love God more already. So why don’t they? They can’t. So what is the answer? ” It isn’t possible to love Him as we want to until we understand how much He loves us. Then, and only then, we will find love for God swelling up within our hearts. Haven’t you found this to be true in your own life? When you’ve focused on loving Him more, did you feel like you were succeeding?
52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday. ...And Why the Truth Is So Much Better by Steve McVey