Thursday, April 08, 2010

Countering 'worm theology'

3 Comments:

Blogger dave bish said...

It's where CS Lewis' self-forgetfulness is useful. We can be won to the glory of Jesus and so think less often of ourselves in any way.

These two posts by Terry Virgo are very helpful on the same issue Defending my right to be a sinner!

3:18 AM, April 09, 2010  
Blogger dave bish said...

Though, I think we can go further and when we think ourselves "in Christ" it's much clearer.

As of course, in David Powlison's outstanding Idols of the Heart & Vanity Fair

“The Gospel is better than unconditional love. The Gospel says, “God accepts you just as Christ is. God has ‘contraconditional’ love for you.” Christ bears the curse you deserve. Christ is fully pleasing to the Father and gives you His own perfect goodness. Christ reigns in power, making you the Father’s child and coming close to you to begin to change what is unacceptable to God about you. God never accepts me “as I am.” He accepts me “as I am in Jesus Christ.” The center of gravity is different. The true Gospel does not allow God’s love to be sucked into the vortex of the soul’s lust for acceptability and worth in and of itself. Rather, it radically decenters people—what the Bible calls “fear of the Lord” and “faith”—to look outside themselves.”

3:21 AM, April 09, 2010  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Dave--good points, both. I posted a link from another source to the Powlison quote today. At the time I thought I'd seen it somewhere before. Now I remember where. Peace.

8:04 PM, April 15, 2010  

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