THIS IS THE GOSPEL TRUTH!
If you haven't noticed, Tullian Tchividjian is one of my favorite preachers of the Gospel. Tullian happens to be the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham. Well, Tullian is smokin' hot on the Gospel. Watching or listening to his sermon's is the perfect antidote to the Crossing's legalistic, rule-keeping, list-keeping, performance driven theology and practices.
Tullian recently began a series on the book of Galatians. A book that deals with false teachers, false gospels, legalism, and the freedom Christians have in Christ. Here is the first installment. FREE AT LAST: PART ONE
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
If you have ever attended The Crossing, or you just want to revel in Gospel Truth, then let me encourage you to listen to this sermon and contrast that with a sermon, any sermon, from Eric Dykstra. You will notice a BIG difference. I ocassionally listen to Eric's sermon's, but the Gospel is suspiciously absent. Scriptures ripped out of their context to make an unbiblical point and failing to explicitly preach the true Gospel is a damnable offense. Keeping busy, following a set of rules and to-do lists, and being active in church ministry in order to please God and gain leverage over Him makes you no better than a Pharisee. And we all, yes, even Christians, have a Pharisiacal bent to us.
But in the Gospel, we are free, liberated from all that legalistic, rulekeeping nonsense. We are free to fail (though we try to live right) because Christ kept the Law for us. In Christ, God is never, ever upset with us for not doing enough, because of the imputed righteousness of Christ given to us as a gift by faith in Christ. Even our best efforts to please God are tainted with sin. All our righteous deeds are filthy menstrual rags before God. We stand before God justified, not on account of what WE have done, but because of what God has done for us in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.
In my next post I want to give you my own personal story of my own legalistic, rule-keeping mentality I had for my first ten years as a Christian. And now, since I have a greater understanding of the Gospel, I am liberated from that enslaving, false, joy-robbing guilt.
God Bless, Casey