Church-Goers and Grace

One thing that should make church-goers tremble, even if just briefly, is that Jesus was most gracious to heathen scum sinners and basically insulting to faithfully religious folk.

Skipping church is not the answer, by the way. Nor is the answer to run out and sin quick so you can be humbled by God. Although I will maintain that certain religious folks could use a good dose of sin to get off their self-righteousness.

There is a common theme running from the prophets, through John the Baptist, through Jesus Christ and the apostles: God hates self-righteous people. There is no group of people who gets more venom from Scripture than them.

Makes it seem that one of the last places on earth you’re likely to encounter grace is among a group of “believers.” Indeed. Been there.

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Self-righteous people can’t repent, they don’t see the need for it. To counter that, Jesus confronted them, boldly showing that they were missing the mark.

Their answer? Kill Him! Meanwhile, sinners flocked to Him, gladly gulping down His gracious words. Which are you? What message do the folks around you need to hear? Got enough faith to pull that message off?

5 thoughts on “Church-Goers and Grace”

  1. Loosely quoting Spurgeon who said the closer a man draws towards God and perceives His holiness, the more aware he is of his own sinfulness. A person who is self righteous doesn’t truly know God, to see His holiness and think somehow they could measure up to His perfection, is bound by blindness and folly.

  2. I think a good gut check is to assess how often you feel like you’re clinging to the grace of God for dear life. It might not be as adrenaline-fueled as clinging to a vine while in a river, but a similar sensation. That sense of absolute dependency is vital, I think. So whether we skip church or go, are we dependent upon God’s grace?

  3. The more we see how wicked our heart is the more we cling to the cross. A man does not see his need for a Savior as long as he thinks he can do it on his own. When the Law of God convicts him and he see’s the condition that his heart is truly in then by the grace of God he repents and hungers for Christ and His righteousness.
    As far as attending church goes, one has to ask himself why he goes in the first place. Is it to worship the Lord or to worship yourself for attending.. It is hard for me to find in scripture where it is OK to “SKIP” church. Watching a preacher on TV or the internet is OK if you can’t make it to church but it is not a substitute for gathering with fellow believers to worship. Maybe the reason some can’t find a church that fits them is because the true church’s are not here to please them but to glorify Christ by preaching the gospel faithfully each Sunday!

  4. Dustin: “It is hard for me to find in scripture where it is OK to “SKIP” church.” I agree. But it’s difficult to not make church into a legalistic activity, as well. I’m the type of person who never wants to be late for and never wants to miss any event, including church. However, sometimes things come up – sometimes Sunday mornings are a little slow. I need to be gracious and sensible during those times.

  5. Josh, I am not saying we can’t miss church that is not the problem. the one’s that I am referring to are the ones that don’t go at all because they think they will be just fine at home and don’t need to go at all. The are righteous in their own eyes, but they may be the ones that need to in a church most of all.

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