|A smaller group surrounding Jed|
Brother Jed believes that Jesus died for our sins. However, Jed also believes that after putting your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you must never sin again. If you do, he says you clearly weren't a Christian in the first place. Many times, the "quotes" I share on this blog are paraphrases as close to truth as I can remember, but after being asked by a student, Jed said, and I quote word-for-word, "No, I don't sin." Last year, he stated that he hadn't sinned since 1971. This time around, he said he doesn't remember the last time he sinned, but that it has been a very, very long time.
A key difference between what I believe and what Jed believes is this: I believe that after putting my faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31), I am seen as pure and righteous in the eyes of God because of the sacrifice of His Son (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus took the place for my sin (John 3:16). However, I am still living in an earthly body (1 Corinthians 15:40-44) in a broken world (Romans 3:23), and I must strive daily to die to myself and live in obedience to the Lord. I am now a child of God and an heir who has been given eternal life because of His grace. I have been justified (Titus 3:7-8).
|A girl in discussion about the Gospel. Click to enlarge.|
As long as we live on this earth, we will fight the war within ourselves, against the former master of sin and for a life of obedience and purity. And sometimes we will make mistakes. We will falter. This is why grace is so necessary.
Brother Jed believes you must live a life of perfection on top of faith in order to achieve salvation. I disagree.
"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy."
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast."
|One student praying; others dressing up before protesting.|
If we have been redeemed from the consequences of sin, why then don't we turn back to sin, simply because we can? 1 John 5:3 says, "This is love for God: to keep his commands." We strive to live righteously because we love Him who first loved us, and we should want to be more like Him. But even if we stumble and fall, we will not be condemned. Romans 8:1 says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."
|Students praying for our campus a small distance away.|
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to comment below, as long as you are respectful. And, as always, please keep my university (as well as Brother Jed) in your prayers.