I have tried for 35 years (until about a year ago) to figure out which version of the Gospel is True-est. As you know, there are many variations of the Gospel on significant points. How do you figure which one is most True?
I’ve always favored the “Let’s compare verses” approach as a way to figure this out. However, I never DID succeed in building an iron-clad, indisputable case for one view or the other by this method.
But, the first day I listened to Joseph Prince’s “Pure Grace” or “Radical Grace” view/sermon on the internet (perhaps 18 months ago), something happened in my soul. If I recall correctly, I actually stood up from my chair, all alone, vigorously thrust my fist into the air and shouted something like “Yippee!” or “Alright!” or “Now I understand.”. A revelation! The most spiritual experience I’ve ever had. Since then, I spend hours each day drinking in the Grace of God by all the great blogs out there authored by people who have had the same “Aha!” experience I had.
Today I’m less upset by the fact that there are some verses where a case could be made (by those who disagree with my view) that they don’t line up with the Pure Grace point of view. BECAUSE…my personal EXPERIENCE of this Gospel (which was never my criterion before) made everything new inside of me. I am a different person now. I’ve seen all 9 Fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace,patience, goodness, kindness, faithfuless, gentleness and self control) grow effortlessly and significantly. AND, so many scripture now seem to make total sense when viewed through the lens of the Pure Grace viewpoint. My spiritual experience was SO strong that I have had to accept the Pure Grace viewpoint, even though I can’t totally explain all the verses that opponents site and claim disqualify the Pure Grace view.
About 9 months ago, I decided to start blogging so I could document what was happening in my soul. I thought it could help my family members and also so many non-relatives (like you, reader) who may read this blog. I’m still interested in those verses that are controversial. But, I’m not relying on that to entirely convince me. Although evaluating scripture is certainly an important element in seeking God’s Truth, the message of Pure Grace was the very first viewpoint that changed my life almost immediately.
I blog because I want to point the way to peace and joy. I know there are many people with severe depression/anxiety like I had for 30 years before finding this Truth. My recovery was quite quick and is continuing. And, I’ve asked people (bloggers) who are farther down the road on this Grace message if I will continue to grow and grow and gain new insights as the years go by. And they say that this growth will continue in the years ahead. The Grace of God just keeps getting better and better.
At 61 years old, I have found true peace and joy. I am not afraid of God.. I’m convinced He knows me and is my Friend. And that He is eager to bless me whether or not I happen to be behaving very well at any particular point in time.
If this resonates with you, please continue pursuing this. I think the best blog for someone in the early stages of pursuing this is http://www.escapetoreality.com. But there are many more that I can refer that are also excellent. And this one may help you, too.