• Shane Haffey

    I think it’s important that we have are eschatology correct. PEACE on earth will come when Christ returns to establish His kingdom. When that happens is only known by the Father and will be according to His will not ours.

  • Shane Haffey

    No question Jesus was a servant and taught his disciples to serve others. The question is, HOW did he serve others? It seems there is some confusion on the subject. Let’s look at the miracles as a whole as Jesus performed many of them. What is the predominant reason (and I stress predominant), Jesus performed miracles? So that people would believe. Did He have compassion for the sick? Of course. Did He hate sin and the consequences of it? Yes. However, his primary concern for the lost was not that they have bread but that they have the bread of life. Eternal life.

    There is a very large cloud of error hovering over the social gospel and that is the erroneous operating premise that people will somehow be miraculously convicted of sin and converted into devoted followers of Christ by having witnessed a believer fulfilling a temporal need. The act of witnessing compassion does not save. There are acts of compassion being given right now by the unsaved to the unsaved all over this planet. Being kind to someone does not save. Watching someone be kind does not save. You won’t find Paul saying salvation comes from meeting earthly needs. Paul says salvation comes from hearing, hearing of the Word of God. This is God’s strategy for salvation. When are we going to believe this? Jesus served the woman at the well not by running over asking her if he could help her draw water nor did he offer her extra water so she wouldn’t have to come back the next day. He confronted her with her sin and her need for eternal water.

    Jesus was not concerned with finding a cure for leprosy or being “relevant”. He was concerned with whether or not people believed. Did they have faith in Him. We demonstrate God’s love by speaking the truth to the lost in love. We plow, we plant, we fertilize, we water but we do these things with our mouths. We exort, we teach, we train, we admonish, we speak the truth. God alone causes growth, not us.

    Christ doesn’t tell Peter if you love me you’ll find a cure for Aids. He tells Peter if you love me you’ll feed my sheep. Feed them what? The bread of life. We have a mandate as Christians to do just that. Speak the truth to every living creature. We need to be focused on the eternal not the fading temporal. If caring for the lost doesn’t start AND end with the gospel message then what everlasting “good” are we really doing?

    • kc

      I think the main idea of the article is to practice what we preach. The preaching of God’s salvation plan through Jesus clearly comes with the package. That’s precisely the purpose of the churches (those commissioned to go) we need to keep planting. When Jesus fed the 5000, he not only met their spiritual need but also the physical. Of course these physical problems will only come to an end at Christ’s return, but as we wait, we cannot just sit and watch and talk about God’s love without showing it. Love and Go are both action words.

  • This is a great article, I love especially the line “It’s time for the Church to stop being known for what we’re against and start being known for what we stand for: grace, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, salvation, and new life in Jesus Christ.” This is going to be so relevant in how the Church continues to reclaim social action. It is high time we were known for demonstrating the love of God to all.

  • marv

    Wanted Rick to know even a South Carolina Methodist Church has been in prayer since being notified of his sons death. He has been courageous and an example of faith.

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