Thursday, January 27, 2005

Not by might, but by weakness

Gregory Jensen reminds us at The Ooze that preaching should never be about trying to force someone to accept Christ.

Christians must proclaim the Gospel; evangelism is essential to our commitment to Jesus Christ. But if we wish to be faithful to Christ's command to us, if we wish to proclaim the Gospel with power and authority, it might be better if we do so softly, gently and with regard for human freedom and dignity.

At the center of God’s relationship with humanity is a respect for human beings and their freedom.

Sometimes we forget, or maybe we've never really heard or understood, that God redeems us not by being God Almighty in Heaven, but becoming a man in Galilee.



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