Saturday, January 24, 2015
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To This Blog Post
Yes, it's my party and I can cry if I want to. Or more accurately, it's my blog and I can navel-gaze if I want to. Except that I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, so therefore He has authority over what I write and how I write it. In 2006, I started this as a "vanity blog," admittedly, but the Lord has changed its direction and has made it more about Him than about me.
The topic of false conversion demands attention, certainly, and I will indeed devote some posts to it. Many evangelicals honestly believe they know Christ and adhere to the Bible when they really have adopted a form of "Christianity" that follows worldly philosophies...and sometimes devilish ones. Such people often sincerely desire to live in obedience to Christ and to enjoy His salvation, but they embrace teachings and practices that contradict the Gospel. Some are, in spite of faulty theology, genuinely saved. Most are not.
As I explore this problem of counterfeit Christianity, I don't see much benefit in trying to figure out exactly when the Holy Spirit regenerated me. I believe He did it when I always claimed He did, but I know that I spent decades struggling with doctrines that encouraged me to think I participated in my conversion. In truth, Jesus saved me at some point, but the particulars simply don't matter. As long as He receives all the glory for taking my sin upon Himself and cleansing me with His blood, I rejoice. And if He can use my posts to liberate others from false conversion into the new birth, I'll praise His wonderful Name.