A Heretical Question?
Here in the churches of Christ, we have studied Scripture and discerned a plan of salvation. 5 simple steps that God requires everyone to follow in order to receive his forgiveness.
HEAR (Romans 10:17)
BELIEVE (Mark 1:15)
REPENT (2 Cor 7:10)
CONFESS (Rom 10:10)
BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS (Acts 2:38)
(were we sexta-phalangeal creatures, we would add ‘BE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH’)
Now, here’s my question: Does it trouble anyone that we believe God requires us to walk this path in order to receive forgiveness from Him, but that He also requires us to simply forgive others, without any such policy?
Does God hold us to a higher standard than He Himself meets? I will not believe that, but that seems to be the answer that our hermeneutic provides when make this comparison within its system.
OR have we deeply misunderstood “the forgiveness of sins” and the nature of Scripture itself?
in HIS love,