Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Real Records You May Have Missed #29
Not that my opinion here is worth two cents - I realize in the early days of contemporary Christian music almost everything that spoke of God and His Word was acceptable to young Christians. After all, we now had our own kind of music!
During the first few months of my Christian life, I wore a crucifix and told people I was part Baptist, part Methodist, part Mormon, part Jehovahs Witness. I thought these were denominations! Thank the Lord He used his people to correct my foolish ways soon after. You would be amazed how many Christians didn't even attempt to instruct me in the truth. Any thoughts on the matter?
Posted by Eddie Eddings at 7:31 AM
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yeah, I have a thought on the matter...this is your inner child talkin'...you are STILL ignorant!ReplyDelete
I was saved back in the '70s, but for years I didn't have a comprehensive grasp on what was true about Christianity, and that bothered me to no end.ReplyDelete
In my search, I even bought a Scofield Study Bible with all those notes, and an entire set of the Scofield correspondence course from a used book store. The original owner had apparently completed only the first segment and never continued the course. (Now, I know why.) It only added to my confusion.
Later, I studied the classic works of some of the Christian mystics, and seriously tried to apply their ideas to my own life. It seemed to work for a while, but then I concluded that "mystic" probably should have been spelled "mistake."
I'd had some exposure to the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate, but thought it wasnt important. The way I pictured the atonement, it was like Jesus paid the admission price for every seat in the ball park, and if people decided to take advantage of it they could.
One day I was listening to a talk radio show, and the host was interviewing a guy named Michael Horton. Michael was promoting his book, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, and explaining from scripture the doctrines of grace.
It was so clear. I was completely "blown away"__for two reasons:
1. It was exactly what the Bible taught.
2. NOBODY had EVER explained it that way to me before.
And here I am.
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THATReplyDelete
I discovered some good instruction (The Westminster Confession & Shorter Catechism, The Heidelberg Catechism, Sproul, Gerstner, the White Horse Inn), and the rest is history. (Except the stuff that hasn't happened yet.)
I was raised with the view that redemption was Plan B, which seems to be what the album cover is implying. I am forever grateful to God for opening my eyes to His sovereignty over everything, even the fall of man.ReplyDelete