Not a Difference

Scott Sauls, pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC,  told a story the other week that’s stuck with me.

A couple in a church lived together out of wedlock, and slept around on each other. They called their pastor and said, “We’d like to come in for some relationship counseling.”

The pastor prepared his speech. He was ready to read them the riot act about their immoral behavior. He was going to tell them how they are using one another without committing to each other, how they’re impure because they’re sleeping around. No wonder they had relationship problems.

They came in. The woman was dressed in a miniskirt, and sat down right in front of him. As soon as the couple looked away, the pastor’s eyes began to wander.

The pastor said later, “It was at that moment that I realized that there is not a dime’s difference between me and them.”

The more we get to know ourselves, the harder it is to look down on others. There’s not as much difference as we’d like to think. We need grace. We need the Gospel. We need Jesus.

The fact that Jesus has died for my  sins creates a radically different kind of economy for Christians.  It means we at least have a fighting chance to be honest with ourselves.  Outisde of this Cross-centered economy you have religious and worldy positioning.  Whether you position yourself religiously or irreligiously it all depends on where you find your specific idols.

The self-promoted  spin and positioning humans naturally have stops at the Cross and with the Gospel of Christ. The battle has been won.  Its time to  fully let the Cross and the Gospel take hold of us and quit resisting and denying the words of Jesus when he said “It is finished”.

Praise Jesus! it is finished by what He did and not by what I can do!

JS

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4 thoughts on “Not a Difference

  1. theoldadam

    Great post, Jon!

    The pastor ought to have told the young couple that they are forgiven! And then, go and sin no more…’cause you can really screw up your life…and others! (but you’re still forgiven!)

  2. theoldadam

    Great post, Jon!

    The pastor ought to have told the young couple that they are forgiven! And then, go and sin no more…’cause you can really screw up your life…and others! (but you’re still forgiven!)

  3. Ike

    There is a difference between a works based righteouness and a salvation that works….isn’t there?

    Living a lifestyle of sin is a whole lot different than a pastor glancing down at the short skirt. If someone claims to have a new relationship with Christ they should have a new relationship with sin. I’m sorry.. but I feel the pastor should have asked them to examine themselves and make sure they are in the faith. This would be the opposite of brother Steve saying that the pastor assumes they are forgiven. Pastors should tell people how to be saved….not tell them they are saved.

  4. Ike

    There is a difference between a works based righteouness and a salvation that works….isn’t there?

    Living a lifestyle of sin is a whole lot different than a pastor glancing down at the short skirt. If someone claims to have a new relationship with Christ they should have a new relationship with sin. I’m sorry.. but I feel the pastor should have asked them to examine themselves and make sure they are in the faith. This would be the opposite of brother Steve saying that the pastor assumes they are forgiven. Pastors should tell people how to be saved….not tell them they are saved.

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