“What would things look like if Satan really took control of a city? Over half a century ago, Presbyterian minister Donald Grey Barnhouse offered his own scenario in his weekly sermon that was also broadcast nationwide on CBS radio. Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took over Philadelphia (the city where Barnhouse pastored), all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No ma’am,” and the churches would be full every Sunday…where Christ is not preached.”
Michael Horton, Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church.
Do you call yourself a Christian because you act like Jesus or because you depend on Jesus? What does it mean that he who is forgiven little, loves little?
Do you think that we ever use our morality as a way of edging grace out of the picture? Is it possible that sometimes we try to be like Jesus, so that we won’t have to trust in Jesus?
Luke 18:9-14, Rom 10:3, Phil 3:9