Job: The Lord gives and The Lord takes away blessed be His name.
Calvin: You are absolutely correct Job for God is Sovereign.
Job: I am blameless and upright before my God.
Calvin: I’m sorry Job but you do err in not knowing how to rightly divide the word.
Job: What word are you talking about Calvin.
Calvin: The word of God starting with the book of Genesis and proceeding to the Book of Revelation. In that Book it is declared that all have fallen short of the glory of God. Further more you are dead in your trespasses and sins, you were born spiritually dead.
Job: No I was born a Human being in the Image of God, my father taught me to honor God and make sacrifice.
Calvin: You where born guilty in the sight of God, according to the clear teaching of Scripture.
Job: No I was born with the same potential to serve God as was any Human ever Born.
Calvin: You have broken God’s Law and He demands Perfection.
Job: What Law?
Calvin: The covenant Law given to Moses.
Job: Sorry I’m drawing a blank here Calvin but maybe where there is no Law it can’t be broken.
Calvin: You sound like a Pelagian Heretic.
Job: No I am a servant of the God whose name I do not know, and I am blameless and upright before His eyes.
Calvin: but you need to be perfect in His eyes.
Job: Says who?
Calvin: Basically any body whose somebody in the church world from Anselm to Me.
Job: Sounds complicated I think I will stick with my simple faith and conscience.
Calvin: Well broad is the way that leads to destruction.
Job: I will stick with my God and my proclamation of Innocence, God is mighty to save.
Calvin: On that we agree Job.
GOD: So do I
Satan: I tend to agree with Calvin
God: You would.
How did the message of God’s grace and power to redeem His good world, become hostage to one word? That one word being confess, modern evangelism hinges on this one word, confess you’re a sinner, then confess Jesus died for your sins and Jesus will confess you are saved before God.
This word confess has become The Law that the grace of God and the work of the cross of Christ must bow. Talk to most evangelicals about the death of anyone and they
will tell you “if that person did not confess Jesus as their personal savior, they are in Hell.” Confession is the new door and the power of the Cross made subject to words that roll off the tongue.
Salvation has been reduced to willful vocabulary repeated in the presence of the right company, with Eternal guarantees to follow. One can only hope God has contingency plans for the simple minded and those who are unable to hear or speak.