Lunch With A Friend

Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. – Hebrews 13:18

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Only the good news of Jesus Christ encourages us to honestly think about who we really are and to address our shortcomings in a way that won’t cause us to wrongly rely upon our own efforts.

Let me explain with this example: A while back I had lunch with a non-Christian friend. As we ate, we began discussing spiritual things. I made reference to the prodigal son, and no sign of recognition crossed his face. He’d never heard the story; he knew nothing about the Bible.

As the conversation progressed, he got around to stating his theology: namely, good people make it to heaven. He considered himself a kind, loving, and good person. And without a doubt, he’s one of the nicest people I know. But as we talked longer, he discussed his internet relationships with women ready to leave their husbands to live with him. His “goodness,” as he called it, gave these women new hope about men.

I felt compelled to challenge his thinking. “What would these ladies’ husbands think of your so-called goodness?” I asked. “Has this ‘goodness‘ ever prompted you to call one of these men and ask if he minded that you were having an internet relationship with his wife?” As it turned out, his “goodness” wasn’t as good as he thought it was.

Rely upon God’s goodness. As good as you think you might be, that goodness is nothing next to His.
– Steve Arterburn

Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
– Josh Billings

Narrow and Healthy

Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Narrow and Healthy

A friend of mine once wrote a children’s book about heaven. When checking out the reviews of his book, he came across a reviewer who said she was attracted by the book’s title and artwork. Then she noted how her excitement was replaced by dismay when the author claimed the only way to heaven was through Jesus Christ. The reviewer was deeply offended by what she called the book’s “obvious bias against non- Christians.”

We live in times where tolerance and diversity are the buzz words—particularly in the world of religion. How could any faith be called “healthy” that claimed only one way to God?

But have you listened to the advocates of this thought? Their message is that the way to salvation is through our moral virtue. “Be good, do good, and it’ll all work out.

My problem with that is this: I’m not that good a person—certainly not good enough to stand before God on the basis of my own feeble virtue. What about you?

As unpopular as it might be, the truth is, we are all sinners. But thankfully God made a way for us to come to Him and not be seen as such—through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus. Maybe it’s narrow—but it’s true!

– Steve Arterburn

Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to teach the teachable. He did not come to improve the improvable; He did not come to reform the reformable. None of those things works.” – Robert Farrarr Capon (1925– )