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A View from the Altar / Sodium-free Gospel
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Sodium-free Gospel

My parents tell a story from yesteryear when mass market infant formula was still somewhat <ahem> in its infancy.  It seems one of the formula manufacturers left out a key nutrient, and the missing nutrient led to a lot of babies going blind and suffering brain damage.  Initially they thought the problem was a contaminant, but after much research it was determined that there just wasn’t enough salt.  People can’t live without it, and the missing part was destroying little people.

In Our Time, repentance is the missing part of the Gospel.  People want to skip over that part and jump from sinner to saint without ever stopping to agree with the Lord about what their sins are and whether they must stop committing them.  And the missing parts are blinding the church to the seriousness of sin.  In some cases, the church is losing sight of the fact that some kinds of behavior are sinful at all.

Matt 21:28  But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said , Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said , I will not: but afterward he repented, and went . 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said , I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Here Christ compared the priests and elders to the first son who promised obedience but didn’t deliver it.  The younger son, likened to prostitutes and tax collectors, was commended because he turned from his initial rebellion and obeyed the will of his father.  It was the change of mind that led to the change in behavior.

It goes almost without saying, but not quite, that the moral issue with the chief priests and elders was their refusal to acknowledge any sort of sinfulness in themselves.  High handed self-righteousness has not gone extinct.  Satan, subtle deceiver that he is, has developed new varieties of it.  The old fashioned variety is still around among moralists who have good ethical ideas but wrongly conclude that striving under the law is how you get to heaven.  Satan has found these an effective deterrent to true godliness and pretty much lets them be.

The new kinds of self-righteousness mostly involve transgressions which anti-moralists have recast as inoffensive.  Lots of  crosstalk comes out of mentioning certain of those recast sins.  If the subject of these comes up, the transgressors naturally respond that the person who brought it up is just being guilty of the older type of religious self-righteousness.

Two things need to be said about this.  First, the transgressors may be correct, so a wise man will occasionally examine the words of his critics to see if they’re true.  Second, the transgressors need to realize that even if the moralists are just haters, they likewise may be correct in what they’re saying.

Christ’s lesson to both varieties of sinners — as well as all the bystanders watching this — is that all of us need to be like that younger son in his repentance.  The sodium-free Gospel cannot save; it is mere delusion.  Whether you practice the ancient and venerable sort of pious haughtiness or a new and hip kind doesn’t matter.  The broad road leads to destruction, and the first step to getting off it is to make a turn.

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