Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Faith Comes by Hearing

So then, Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

So just put forth Scripture, and see what happens. People will hear it and believe, and then exhibit the fruits of belief, and the world around them will change. You don't need Dallas Willard to tell you how to really make societal transformation happen. And yes, I split an infinitive. Some will believe, and some won't. There will be wheat and tares. Deal with it. Don't pronounce failure on a project on which God has not embarked yet.

All the Spiritual Disciplines you need are in the second half (or last third or so, depending on which one) of Paul's epistles. Throw away your enneagrams and labyrinths, stop "working on your issues", stop trying to figure out how to be good to yourself so you can properly love others. By faith, love God and love others. And if, in your attempt to love, you run into a wall, soak in the Gospel and let faith come by hearing. Be patient and wait for fruit to grow.

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