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.
“Parenting is always a loaves and fishes thing: you never have enough grace. But when you give thanks and start giving, Jesus gives more grace.”
Toby J. Sumpter (on Facebook, September 2, 2012)
“Pharisees don’t have horns and pitchforks. They go to Reformed seminaries, Classical Christian schools, homeschool, and love liturgy.”
Toby J. Sumpter (on Facebook)