Mark Twain was Wrong

Mark Twain once said: “Church is good people standing in front of good people, telling them how to be good.” That is probably the way many see Christianity and church, and though there is a kernel of truth to this analysis, it is fundamentally wrong.

A biblical church is a people who gather in Christ to remind each other that we all like sheep have gone astray (1 Pet. 2:25) and that there is none righteous, not even one (Rom. 3:10-18). A true church will remind each other about how bad they are. But they won’t stop there. They will also remind each other that Christ lived perfectly (2 Cor. 5:21), died as a substitute for the unrighteous (Rom. 5:8), and resurrected, overcoming sin and death (1 Cor. 15:3-4) to reconcile us to God (2 Cor. 5:19). The gospel is that we are not good people, but God who is perfectly holy (Isa. 6:1-6) sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Our response is to acknowledge we have sinned against God and to trust all of our life to the entire person of Jesus Christ. It is then that God changes us to live righteously by the power of the indwelling Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 3:23-24).

Have you turned to Christ by grace through faith? It’s the most important thing you will ever know and do. Ask someone who knows they are bad, but also knows that they are righteous in Christ and Christ alone (2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9). They know what church and Christianity really is.

About brentprentice

Brent is the lead pastor and one of the Elders at Eagle Heights in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been married to Lacey for 14 years and together they love two sons, Luke and Elijah, and a daughter, Bella.

Posted on March 19, 2012, in Salvific Gospel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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