Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Christless Christianity

Michael Horton argues strongly that churches need to focus more on right belief and on the person and work of Jesus Christ rather than on "doing." Most pastors are more concerned with getting people to volunteer and "do" things for their local church. However, this is misplaced since without a real and solid understanding of our condemnation under the law of God we cannot understand the mercy and grace in the Gospel and the objective atonement where Christ died for the sins of His people. Only as Christians come to know their just due is damnation can they gratefully appreciate the forgiveness and propiation for their sins. And then and only then are they able to work for the cause of the Gospel out of a sense of devotion and gratitude rather than out of obligation, duty, and oppression. We begin to joyfully WANT to serve Christ when we truly understand how precious His shed blood really is.

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