Tag: faith

"Many people today, some well-intentioned and some not so much, are doing their best to soft-pedal the gospel in order to widen its appeal. But in reality, they're doing the exact opposite. When we make following Jesus a tag line, or view it as just something we add on to our lives without sacrificing anything, we are actually diminishing the value of the gospel. We do the gospel an injustice when we don't call people to sacrifice and give their entire lives to Jesus, because in doing so, what we're really saying is that following Jesus is not really all that important."
~ Leighton Flowers
"So...Jesus is hanging out with His disciples for a couple of years, and then tells them one day, 'I'll be leaving you, and it's better for you that I leave.' His disciples are like, 'Why is that better'? He tells them that when He leaves, He'll send the Holy Spirit who will instruct you in all things. The idea was that an infantile, immature faith needs the physical presence of Jesus in order to function, whereas mature faith relies on the Holy Spirit so that, thru the Spirit, we see God in all things. What we have in America right now is an infantile evangelical movement, where we want God explicitly visible on everything...on the back of my car, on my radio station, in the movie theater, on my t-shirt, in my kid's school, and everywhere else in the public eye. So we panic when we see our society intent on stripping those things away. We need to graduate to a more mature faith, where we're not relying on all of these external things to be assured of God's presence, but on the Holy Spirit who reveals God in our everyday lives."
~ Skye Jethani
"I think we have the wrong idea about God's grace. God's grace isn't you seeing what you can get away with and still go to heaven. There are plenty of things you can do that you won't go to hell for, but that your life will still suffer from."
~ Tye Tribbett