What the Church Needs Is a Reclamation of Biblical Supernaturalism
The United States desperately needs churches re-committed to the weird, counter-cultural supernaturality of biblical Christianity. And this means a re-commitment to rely on the gospel as our only power.
I also want to say, as clearly as possible, from the very outset, that while this political season matters immensely, the church does not ultimately depend on what happens in Washington. As Chuck Colson always says, “Salvation does not come riding in on Air Force One.” The hope of the church, whether in the 1st century or the 21st, is not found in political decisions, but in the power of Christ through his people.
Below are three ways to remember that sin has ultimately lost its power in the life of the believer. They help me eliminate the shame I feel after disobedience and push me to repent of my sin even when I’m tempted to wallow in it. They are “gospelisms”—truths about the gospel that are easy to preach to one another when we begin to forget the gospel—and I hope that they help you as they have helped me:
Men, we will never get anywhere in life without discipline, and doubly so in spiritual matters. None of us is inherently righteous, so Paul’s instructions regarding spiritual discipline in 1 Timothy 4:7–8 take on personal urgency: “Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” That word “train” comes from the Greek word from which we derive gymnasium. So, I invite you into God’s Gym—to some pain and great gain!
Autopsies are not a pleasant topic. I get that. But I would be negligent if I did not share with you about the numbers of pastors who are dead in ministry. You need to know. You need to grasp this reality. You need to pray for them. You need to walk alongside them.