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December 8, 2005

Holy Mischief

Jim on February 13, 2006 09:43 AM EST writes:
Once while I was conducting confirmation class, a young man, about 12, who had been coming to our church for about a year and a half came to the point where I asked if he had been and then whether he would be baptized. When he refused, reflecting a change of mind for him, I asked why.
He said he'd been at a revival meeting at the church next door. Answering the altar call and saying the "Sinner's Prayer" they told him he was saved.
He told me that while he heard me preach for all those months he had come to believe that he was saved, but his revival experience led him to wonder whther he were, because when they told him he was now saved, he told me, "I didn't feel anything. Now, I don't know."
He and I then read Rom. 10:9-10 together, then I asked him if he believed these things about Jesus. He said, "Yes." Then what does the Bible say about you.
He looked up with light in is once heavy face and said, "I'm saved!"
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Mister B on January 21, 2006 05:42 AM EST writes:
Just As I Am

Interesting points you make ... however I would very much like to read your version of what it means to follow Christ ... since you said, and I quote, "Ultimately, I changed my understanding of faith - radically."

Could you please share with us your "understanding of faith."
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EJG on December 16, 2005 09:06 PM EST writes:
"Altar calls . . . appeal to otherworldly selfishness (certainty of eternal bliss)." It's sad to say that the same can be said for the way many people view being a Christian.

And, no, Jesus did not have alter calls. He simply told the prostitute who was nearly stoned to go and sin no more; he didn't require her to make an ostentatious demonstration of her commitment to follow him and do as he said.
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Julia on December 13, 2005 02:44 PM EST writes:
I totally agree with Greg. Through QVC I once bought my Grandma some lovely crystal animal figures for her knick-knack shelf. She cherished that little elephant and horse until her final days.

Let's not denigrate QVC by equating it with noxious dogma and bad faith. Especially not now, during that time of year when piling up credit card debt is so holy.
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Greg R on December 13, 2005 12:21 PM EST writes:
I found this essay insulting because I once bought a wonderful KitchenAid Pro Belgian Waffle through QVC.

To think that such a fine, durable griddle could be equated with the kind of cheap grace offered by fundamentalist preachers... Shame on you, Society of Mutual Autopsy!
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Rev Dave on December 13, 2005 11:24 AM EST writes:
"Fortunately, the salvation offered is instant—and as easy to obtain as a waffle iron on the QVC channel."

Such a line is insulting to the thief on the cross, who turned to Jesus just before the end and "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus gave the man instant salvation by saying ,"Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
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