We don’t make life altering purchases based only on the negatives. For example, when looking to purchase a car, I look for the positives and the things that are beneficial for me. The sale person highlights those benefits and positives to guide me to that purchase. The same with purchasing a home, etc …
Yet when it comes to eternal salvation… We have mastered in providing the negatives to scare people into salvation. Here’s a couple points: 1) If God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, why would we ever practice the tactic of providing fear to guide someone to salvation? 2) Isn’t that tactic manipulation, and one Jesus didn’t do? 3) Wouldn’t the benefits of salvation be greater than the negatives? If so, why wouldn’t we esteem the greater? Now, this isn’t a blog to disregard sin and to not be aware of the snares of the enemy. No, this is one that is fixated on the Romans 2:3- 4 approach.
Romans 2:3 – 4, NLT “ …Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
It’s his goodness, his kindness… His love that leads people to repentance… So, if God’s kindness, goodness...ultimately his love that leads people to repentance…why do we preach and teach sin to lead to repentance? Has the student become greater than the master? I received the illumination that Christianity in a religious form has a sin complex. What does that mean, sin complex? It means that sin has caused a psychic conflict in the religious church that has caused an abnormal mental states and behavior. The fall of Adam has become greater than results of Jesus atonement for sin. The effect of sin has become greater than the effect of the cross and resurrection. Now, this isn’t said verbally, but it’s preached, it’s taught and it’s lived out. I want to challenge this erroneous concept to walk, talk and act exactly how Jesus did. To not copy the creation tactics, but the creators… and allow his goodness draw all men to him.