Saturday, July 28, 2007

She was "All In"

I appreciate Chet Swearingen's short article about Bonnie Witherall who was brutally martyred in Lebanon while she was selflessly ministering to Muslin women. Hers was a life well-lived for God. Close to two years ago I had the opportunity to meet Gary Witherall and hear much of Bonnie’s story at that time. I also read his book: “Total Abandon”. I pray that more people would have this kind of passion and commitment to serving and obeying our Lord Jesus. We are called to nothing less than total abandonment to Christ.

I also can identify with what Chet had to say at the end of his post:
Why is it that after I am around some Christians I feel like I need to take a bath? Their love for their life, and their love of their possessions and position in life make me feel dirty and polluted. I don’t want any of it rubbing off on me! How much more when I get around pastors of churches who pacify and entertain those Christians… God help me!


Ed said...

Your comment here concerns me. You must remember that the only reason you are clothed in righteousness yourself is because of Jesus Christ and His atoning blood. I can accept you wanting to help other Christians understand that being a Christian is not always fun, yet in your article it almost seems as though you are on a pedestal of holiness above the likes of those who have not reached your level of spiritual understanding. I would like to know exactly how you stand on a few other issues as well. In your article about "Do as I say, and as I do", it seems as though you don't struggle with sin. You are totally welcome to correct me if I'm wrong. Sin is dealt with in
almost every chapter of every book of the Bible for a reason. If God knew it was going to be easy to stop sinning He would have mentioned it once and been done with it. Solomon himself said that we cannot go without sinning. Paul
mentioned the struggle with sin, and John stated that, he who says he is without sin is a liar and the
truth is not in him. Addictions take time to overcome. Bad thoughts, bad habits and bad ideas don't just go away. The Lord must work in someone's life to help them
overcome. I don't justify sin in any form. But I will say that the struggle is still there. Like I said, correct me if I have misunderstood your writings.

Eric Jones said...

By the grace of God I have been justified and am being sanctified. Let me use scripture to explain my position on this topic of sin and righteousness.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin … Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace … But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. – Romans 6
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age - Titus 2:11-12
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. - 1 Cor 10:13
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. – Philippians 3:12

Finally, your interpretation of 1 John 1 is slightly skewed. John was addressing a sect of Gnosticism that believed and taught that what people did in the flesh (even sin) did not matter and that only the spirit side of them mattered. This is what John addressed – not believers. He was saying, I know you don’t think you have any sin because you don’t believe what you are doing in the flesh matters. But I tell you it does and “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

Anyway, I hope this helps understand where I am coming from.