There’s a video of Tom Cruse going around the Internet which is said to have been taken at a 2004 International Association of Scientologists meeting where Tom is saying… “It’s a privilege to call yourself a Scientologist and it’s something that you have to earn,”
Most world religions say… “It’s a privilege to call yourself a _(fill in the blank)_ and it’s something that you have to earn.”
Even some “Christian” groups say… “It’s a privilege to call yourself a “Christian” and it’s something that you have to earn.”
When God in his mercy reveals his glory and majesty to us and we see what Jesus Christ did for us by His grace we know that if we had a thousand lifetimes we could never earn the right to take one step toward God’s throne by our own merit.
A Christian will say… “It’s a privilege to call yourself a Christian and it’s something that I accept as a gift from God.”
Paul said it best in Romans 8:23-25 – “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”
And in verse 28 Paul says…
“Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded.”
As this wonderful hymn says…
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.
When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.
Not to long ago I needed to drop something off at my mother’s church. There is another story there. My mom will be 83 years old on Saturday and she still goes to church on Sunday and fold the service folders on Thursday. She does this pushing a small oxygen tank everywhere she goes. She just keeps on going. Anyway, I dropped off this package and as I pulled out of the church parking lot I saw a small sign that everyone leaving the parking lot after the Sunday morning service sees. There’s no fanfare. It’s just a simple sign.
You Are Now Entering The Mission Field
My old computer is dying a slow death. I bought a new computer dreading all of the file transfers, program installs, and all the usual setup that is involved. I must admit it is a nice computer. One of the first things I installed, after my anti-virus program, was my bible software. I waited patiently as all of the resources loaded and my notes and documents appeared in the contents window. Once again I realized how blessed we are to have the entire Bible at our fingertips. We can search for anything and have it display in an instant.
It was said of the Bereans in the book of Acts…
“…they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.“
– Acts 17:11
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
– Psalms 119:18
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word
that comes from the mouth of God. ”
– Jesus Christ – Matt 4:4
P.S. I found the above scripture references in seconds using my search tools. I remember the scriptures. I don’t always remember the addresses.