October 3, 2017

The Voice of Heaven

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23 Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, never at any point says to confess your sins. So I want to be careful here because confessing your sins is important. James tells us to do it and John tells us to do it, but most of the framing of the Gospel as we preach it as evangelicals is based on the writings of Paul. And Paul, although he says we are sinners, he never says to confess we’re sinners. Instead, He tells us to confess we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. And that is very different. Some of us have had our most unique Christian experiences when we beat ourselves up and we reinforce shame. We say, Oh I’m so terrible, I’m so bad, I’m so this, I’m so that. That’s exactly where

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