While driving back to work after lunch one recent afternoon I happened to hear a commercial on a Christian radio station that supposedly endorsed an evangelical gospel message. However, the message fell woefully short of its purposed end and actually accomplished the opposite of what it intended. This blurb clarified in my mind why the free will view of salvation is so damaging to the church.
The ad began like this: A cheerful lady’s voice rang out that people should love God as much as he loves us. After all, God has done everything within his power to make possible a relationship with him. Again, she encouraged listener’s to just love God because he loves us.
What? That was it? I couldn’t believe my ears. She did not bother to communicate the good news of the hope of salvation. She did just the opposite. She gave listeners an imperative that no person can possibly keep. When she says to love God she is invoking the cornerstone commandment of the entire moral law; the commandment that Jesus called the first and greatest.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength‘ ( Mk 12:30). Continue reading