Posts Tagged ‘salvation’

Adding to Scripture

September 4, 2009

Joseph Fielding Smith (Mormon President 1970-72) said that a cup of tea can keep a member out of heaven:

…but my brethren if you drink coffee or tea, or take tobacco, are you letting a cup of tea or a little tobacco stand in the road and bar you from the Celestial Kingdom of God, where you might otherwise have received a fulness of glory?

“Oh, it is such a little thing, and the Lord will forgive us.” Well, there is not anything that is little in the way of sinning. There is not anything that is little in the world in the aggregate. One cup of tea, then it is another cup of tea and another cup of tea, and when you get them all together, they are not so little.

Joseph Smith, Mormon founder, drank tea, beer, wine and possibly smoked too.

I remember two things

September 4, 2009

My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior.

John Newton, on his deathbed

Salvation through faith

August 17, 2009

As George Whitefield preached from John 3 – ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent…’ the wife of a jailed convict cried, ‘I believe! I believe! I shall not perish because I believe in him now! I’m born again, I’m saved!

Her husband gripped George’s hand as in pain, and cried, I’m on the brink of hell! But the next moment his face changed, I see it too! I’m saved! Oh joy! joy! joy! George was astonished. He’d tried so hard for a year, but these two sinners seemed to have been forgiven in a second.

George Whitefield, John Pollock, 1972, p.14

Sincere Faith

August 17, 2009

…there is something mystical, inexpressible, almost incomprehensible, which this unique man (Hitler) possesses, and he who cannot feel it instinctively will not be able to grasp it at all. We love Adolf Hitler, because we believe deeply and unswervingly that God has sent him to us to save Germany.

from a speech by Hermann Goring, reported in F. L. Schuman, The Nazi Dictatorship, New York: Knopf, 1935, 122.

Effective (or Effectual) calling

August 5, 2009

Effective calling is an act of God the Father, speaking through the human proclamation of the gospel, in which he summons people to himself in such a way that they respond in saving faith.

Wayne Grudem, Sytematic Theology, p.693

In distinction from effective calling, which is entirely an act of God, we may talk about the gospel call in general which comes through human speech.  This gospel call is offered to all people, even those who do not accept it.  Sometimes this gospel call is referred to as external calling or general calling.  By contrast, the effective calling of God that actually brings about a willing response from the person who hears it is sometimes called internal calling.  The gospel call is general and external and often rejected, while the effective call is particular, internal, and always effective.


Laying Down our life

July 30, 2009

Irene Gut Opdyke…once she became aware of the plight of Jews, was determined to save them no matter what the costs. For years, Gut’s rescuing relationships were central to her life and to her being.

Irene Gut, as a nineteen-year-old nursing student, had become aware of the plight of the Jews from the moment she pushed back the curtains from the window of the hotel in Radom where she worked as a waitress for the Nazi Major Ruegemer. She had seen the misery of the Jews in the ghetto outside and could not forget that misery. Irene and her sister left food for the Jews, but when the Nazis closed down the ghetto behind her hotel, they could only watch in helpless horror from across the street.

One day she and her sister heard shooting. Major Ruegemer, seeing how upset Irene and her sister were at what they had just witnessed, excused them from the day’s work. As the two headed home, they heard still more shooting.

They followed a group of Gestapo to the edge of town. There Gut and her sister saw a mass of shallow graves. The gestapo stood people in front of the graves and opened fire with machine guns. “The earth was shaking with the breath of those who had been buried alive,” Gut recalled. That day, that moment, Gut made a covenant with God. She asked Him for the opportunity to do something. “I asked God to give me responsibility, to bring me the opportunity to help, even if my own life should be taken,” she said.

Gut’s first rescue activity, that of leaving food at the ghetto fence, was motivated by an empathy and a conviction that these were human beings like her, not something “other.’ She saw that these people were suffering, and her sense of humanity compelled her to….”

The punishment for harbouring Jews in Poland was death

The Law must do its work first

October 21, 2008

God works by contraries so that a man feels himself to be lost in the very moment when he is on the point of being saved. When God is about to justify a man, he damns him. Whom he would make alive he must first kill. . . . Man must first cry out that there is no health in him. . . . When a man believes himself to be utterly lost, light breaks. Peace comes in the word of Christ through faith. He who does not have this is lost even though he be absolved a million times by the pope.


pp.82-83 Here I Stand – A Life of Martin Luther, Penguin 2002, Roland H Bainton