A friend of mine posted a review of the book PROOF: Finding Freedom Through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace.
While I sometimes struggle with this particular doctrine, I find it often very encouraging. I would like to share one of the quotations that he also shared. One of these days I might ask him to borrow this book.
[su_quote]Whenever we find ourselves face-to-face with a living example of one-way love with no strings attached, our tendency is to change the subject – or to switch the story so that God’s grace doesn’t land in the lap of an active slave trader or our delusional next-door neighbor or a dance in some sleazy downtown club. We live by law but call it grace. Such grace isn’t amazing because it isn’t grace at all; it’s law in a cheap mask. And whenever you show up at a party that’s hosted by the law, you’re the one who’s left with the bill.[/su_quote]
The Desiring God Blog had a post yesterday about this topic, I’d suggest you go and read it there, I’m just going to include the quote that they quoted in it.
Indeed, Buddhism teaches the aim of emptying the self of all desire. As [Stephen] Prothero observes, â€œBuddhists observe that suffering arises from a 12-fold chain of interlocking causes and effects. Among these causes is craving. We crave this woman or that car because we think that getting her or it will make us happy. But this craving only ties us into an unending cycle of misery, because even if we get what we want there is always something more to crave â€” another woman or another man, a faster car or a bigger house.â€
Christianity speaks honestly of desire and affirms that wrongful desires can and do lead to sin, destruction, and death. Nevertheless, Christianity does not teach that all desire is wrong. Indeed, the Bible affirms that God made us to desire Him. Even in our sinful state, something within us cries out for our need â€” and desire â€” for divine forgiveness and redemption.
Christianity does not teach that we should (or could) empty ourselves of all desire, but rather that we should desire the salvation that Christ alone has accomplished for us â€” the salvation that leads to divine forgiveness and the restoration of relationship we should surely desire. Once we know that salvation, our desire for God is only increased and pointed to eternity.
“Some people think I’m smart, but the truth is, I just intuitively know what words to type in the magic Google box.” @sunblush 2:09 PM Nov 20th, 2008
Tonight I read “A New Departure” which is a keynote speech that Charles Spurgeon gave at an annual meeting of the pastors’ college that he founded. He must have just destroyed some of these guys as he did me tonight.
A respectable ministry, devoid of spiritual life, is little better than respectable damnation, from which may God deliver us!
When men drift into this condition, they generally adopt some expedient to hide it. Conscience suggests that there is something or other wrong, and the deceitful heart labours to conceal or palliate this fact. Some do this by amusing themselves with hobbies instead of preaching the gospel. They cannot do the Lord’s work, so they try to do their own. They have not honesty enough to confess that they have lost gospel power, so they ride a hobby; and it is a very mild form of evil when they raise some side issue, which has no other fault about it than that it diverts them from the main point. Many are these playthings…
Seriously, if any of you are in any sort of ministry position, take the half-hour to read this.