If salvation is based on the sacrifice of Jesus alone…and our whole relationship with God is based on Jesus, why do we as Evangelical/Fundamentalists base so much of our judgement of a person’s salvation on what they do? And do we have that right? (these are not the big Question by the way, just ruminations.)
Here is the scenario (the dilemma)…
Suppose there are three guys who 15 years ago all made a “commitment” to Jesus, and were “saved” in their youth group when they were 13 years old. They all were model young adult Christians and all of them felt called to full-time ministry.
Now they are all 27/28 years old. There have been many changes since that night around the campfire at the youth retreat where they repented of their sins and give their lives over to God.
Ryan, dropped out of Bible college after his girlfriend became pregnant and had an abortion. he felt that he had failed God and after months of depression and a suicide attempt started to get his life together.Today he works at a dance club as a bartender and lives with his girlfriend. He holds on to that day he was saved but feels to ashamed to attend church, so spends an hour or two a week reading his Bible.
Tom finished Bible college and went on to get his Masters in Divinity from a well-known fundamentalist University. He is the pastor of a small church in Orlando, Florida. he is married and unknown to his congregation is verbally and sometimes physically abusive to his wife. He has spent many a sermon preaching about how women need to learn their place, because feminism has corrupted the natural order of things. and his church as been active in protesting gay pride parades,and abortion clinics, and although Tom has never said this out loud, he delighted in the murder of two abortion doctors, feeling that they had brought it upon themselves by murdering unborn children. he spends two hours each day in prayer and Bible reading and expects nothing less from his congregants.
Our last person is Chris. for most of Chris’ life he has struggled with feelings that there was something not right within. Chris did not fit in with guys, or girls, for that matter and was a loner. ridiculed and mocked Chris spent a lot of time crying alone. Coming to understand who Jesus was and what Jesus did, allowed Chris to feel alive for the very first time. After graduating from college, and moving to New York City to pursue a career in culinary arts Chris finally came to understand what the struggle had been. Chris was a woman “trapped” in a man’s body. for the past 6 years Chris has been working with a therapist that specializes in helping people transition to their “real” gender. Chris now felt free and thanks God for bringing her to this understanding. She is heavily involved in her church, which is open and affirming to her. She sings on the praise team, has memorized huge portions of the New Testament, and works as a volunteer answering phone calls from young people at a Crisis Services agency.
Now the question…
Who do you think is a genuine Christian in this scenario just presented? would love to hear your thoughts.