Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"about who is truly "saved""

I skipped some time in my "sermon" about the Bible. When last I posted on the subject of Biblical literalism and inerrancy, I quoted from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. I remember parts of only two sermons from my preteen days. Both were delivered by Brother Grayson Glass, a highly educated Southern baptist preacher. One of them is very relevant to the Sermon on the Mount in that he was preaching not only about what a saved person does NOT do, but what they SHOULD do.
He said (excuse my parody), so you don't drink, you don't chew, and you don't go with girls who do. Fine. But what about all the things Jesus commanded us to do? Do you care for the poor? Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness? Do you turn the other cheek?
Since I am assuming an audience who is familiar with these expressions, today's can be a short blog. Brother Glass assured us that he took the Baptist stance which is that believing Jesus is the Son of God and He died for our sins and our salvation, but ... "... if you do not obey the commandments of Jesus, then it seems you DO NOT believe Jesus is the Son of God." If you play the game of sinning, sinning, sinning, and at the LAST moment give yourself to God, how can you claim you ever really believed HE died for your sins and salvation? So, if you do not live the life, walk the walk, what makes you think you're saved?
And why do we Americans who want a secular government shrink away from the legitimate Constitutional argument that religion (ALL of them) and our Government remain separate? Why do we give tax dollars to those "thousand points of light" who have had 2000 years to feed the poor and make a peaceable world? Why don't we tax those "religions" who own businesses and make a profit?

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