The problem is that when Christians talk about the problem of sin, the reality of what it means to be guilty before God, the condemnation that holds the world captive, we actually do not mean to coax you onto a wire to cross the Grand Canyon. We do not mean for you to try harder, to be better. This is precisely what the Christian gospel is not. The call to repentance is not more condemnation. The call to repentance is always accompanied by the good news that that Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, the Kingdom of Heaven is near, the Kingdom of Heaven is here. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a kingdom of works righteousness. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a game of bureaucratic chutes and corporate ladders amped up on angelic steroids unto ages of ages, amen. The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom of Grace. The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom of God’s Lovingkindness.
“Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level a flawed theology.”
“When we are born again,
a dramatic miracle happens.
When we are born again,
we are being turned into people.”
Doug Wilson, Against the Church
“The reality of the ordinary progress of Christian understanding should not escape our notice: early believers “know no answers”; immature believers “know all the answers”; and mature believers “know the limits of our answers.”
― Bryan Chapell, Ephesians
“The mind provides the kindling for the fires of the heart. Theology serves doxology. Reflection serves affection. Contemplation serves exultation. Together they glorify Christ to the full.”
John Piper, Think