Many things I see and hear throughout the day remind me of God and the gospel. Often times these things have nothing to do with God directly, but my thoughts tend to drift back to the truth. Recently the song “Secret Crowds” by Angels and Airwaves has triggered thoughts on church planting and the spread of the gospel. The chorus in particular sticks in my head.
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In Matthew 5, Jesus shows unambiguously that the greatest obstacle to getting the gospel is not “cheap grace” but “cheap law”–the idea that God accepts anything less than the perfect righteousness of Jesus. (By the way, the proper response to the charge of “cheap grace” is not to make grace expensive by adding a thousand qualifications and footnotes, but rather to declare that grace is free!)
This is not some esoteric debate reserved for theologians or technical Bible scholars. Faithful obedience to Jesus Christ is our goal, and that applies to all who call him Lord. Such obedience must begin with clear thinking about what Jesus calls us to be and do.