Salvation as Liberation 2

30 04 2008

Salvation is liberation, and liberation is salvation.

Salvation comes from Christ and Christ alone.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.

But that doesn’t mean what you think it means.  It doesn’t mean that by merely ‘praying the sinner’s prayer’ you get to go to heaven.  The sinner’s prayer, in many contexts, sells the gospel short.  It is the classic example of “cheap grace” that Dietrich Bonhoeffer talked about.  Cheap grace is the definition of God’s grace that says you don’t have to do anything to be saved.

When we say that salvation comes from Christ alone, this means that following him to the cross is our means of salvation and liberation.  Jesus cannot be known outside of his crucifixion and resurrection, and we are not Christians unless we follow him to the crucifixion and resurrection.  We must accept the “costly grace” that our Lord Jesus offers us.  “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die” (again, Bonhoeffer).

It is when we die that we receive salvation and liberation.

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30 04 2008
Salvation as Liberation 2

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2 05 2008
David Knapp

I did some thinking on the Great Commission today. There are four commands Jesus gives His disciples.

1. Go

2. Make disciples

3. Baptize them

4. Teach them

There is no sinners prayer found in this context. I still believe that one can be a follower of Jesus with the Prayer because there is no magic formula. But it is good to understand what Jesus was telling His disciples. I believe that He was telling them to go and and spread the kingdom of God. Following Jesus is more about being the salt and light of this world than about being saved from the flames of hell. That is the problem with the sinners prayer. It is put into the context of saving us from hell. There is no challenge to change. This is the new Great Commission given by the modern day church:

1. Go to church

2. Make converts

3. Lead them in the sinners prayer

4. Teach them that God is upset with their sin so that they become legalist

5. Make sure you don’t miss church

We are the Church! Where we are, there Church is. Being a follower of Jesus is more about showing mercy than it is about sacrifice. Less rules, more love. Jesus came to set us free. He is indeed our liberator! Let’s get busy spreading His kingdom here on earth. Grace and peace to you.

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