Saturday, June 18, 2005

Competition between Salvation Providers

The state and the church both offer salvation. The problem in the modern world is that the salvation of the state appears to be better than the salvation of the church.

  • The church no longer delivers healing.
  • Church schools mostly educate the elite.
  • Churches run food banks, but deacons no longer rescue the poor from their poverty.
  • The church no longer has a distinctive approach to justice or defence.

When we offer salvation from sin, we think only of forgiveness. We have forgotten about salvation from the effects of sin, which is equally as important. Before the church can win the battle of the "salvation providers", it will have to rediscover a much broader salvation. The salvation offered by the state is pretty shonky. Unfortnately, most people in the world see ours as little better.

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