Brevity is a skill I’m trying to hone. I think it’s good to be able to say something you believe to be true and meaningful plainly and in just a few words. With that in mind, for the third time, here are a few simple theological or moral propositions I contend are true, none longer than a single sentence:
- The natural position of a human is to see his good deeds as examples of who he really is and his bad deeds as deviations from who he really is; the God who says we are born sinners is going to take some umbrage with that.
- The most freeing thing in the world is not being loved for who you are, but being loved despite who you are, and that is precisely what the Gospel offers you.
- Doing what’s right is better than doing what’s successful; if they’re the same thing, great, but they won’t always be.
- The more God makes a man like Jesus, the more the man will love God’s people; becoming more Christlike will always, by definition, mean loving true Christians more and more, because Jesus loves them more than you can imagine.
- There are virtually no new heresies, just old heresies with new publishers.
- Faith is thoroughly good only when the faith’s object is real and is itself good; faith in false religions and in false prophets is not a good sort of faith.
- God made men and women to be and do some things differently, and God is good and knows very much what is best.
- It is impossible to depend on your having been a good person or having done good things to get to Heaven and actually get there.
- We do not live in a day and place that is too afraid of God; there have been such cultures, but ours is not one of them.
- Under the heading of providing for our children we should include the task of praying for their salvations.
- It is as comforting to the believer as it is offensive to the hard-hearted that there is not one set of knees on Earth that won’t be bowing to Jesus at the end of all things.
- The New Testament doesn’t prescribe a form of government (unless you count the coming absolute kingship of Jesus Christ), but it does command submission to governing authorities.
- The hardest thing in the world is also one the most freeing: Repentance.
Grace, all, and happy Monday!