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.
“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
“We must beware of false reasonings, such as: because our fire does not blaze out as others, therefore we have not fire at all. By false conclusions we may come to sin against the commandment in bearing false witness against ourselves. The prodigal would not say he was not a son, but that he was not worthy to be called son (Luke 15:19).”
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed
“A good day will include humility about our sin; honesty about our brokenness; and great joy and peace for who we are in Christ.”
Scotty Smith on Twitter (April 18, 2012)