“The Church is a whore, but she’s my mother.” – (attributed to Saint Augustine in Letters To A Young Evangelical)
“Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish existentialist, once said there are those who tell lies in such a way that you think they are telling you the truth. He went on to suggest that far more dangerous are those who tell the truth in such a way that you think they are telling you a lie. When the Gospel is presented with little regard to the sensitivities of others, it may readily be rejected not because of its content but because of how it has been delivered.”
As quoted by Tony Campolo in his book Letters To A Young Evangelical
“While visiting a Buddhist Monastery in China, a friend of mine noticed a monk seated peacefully in deep meditation. My friend felt a strong impulse to disturb the monk and share the Gospel with him. As my friend shared the story of Christ’s sacrificial gift of salvation, he noticed the monk was visible moved. Then my friend asked the monk the simple question, “Will you surrender your life to Christ and invite him to be a living presence within you?”
The monk answered with dismay, “Invite him into my life? How can I accept him when he is already within me? I have known him for many years, but I did not know his name. Even as you were telling me about what he did for me, his spirit was prompting me from within to affirm what you told me. Thank you for giving his presence within me a name.”
My friend was left with some disturbing questions. Did that monk have a saving relationship with Christ before he had ever heard the Gospel story? How essential is it to know the name of Jesus? If experiencing Jesus without knowing his name is enough, then how are we to take the verse, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:!2)?”
As told by Tony Campolo in his book Letters To A Young Evangelical
This morning I have been rereading Tony Campolo’s book Letters To A Young Evangelical and came across this story/quote in chapter 4. This is a topic that I would like to give some time to here @ The Sister Abigail Show. So be looking forward to upcoming post and interviews on this topic!
“The story is set in Heaven. Peter handles admissions at the pearly gates. Paul, acting as the administrator of the celestial kingdom, takes a monthly census of Heaven’s inhabitants. Each time Paul counts the number of people in Heaven, his number far exceeds the number of admittances that Peter has registered. This discrepancy mystifies them both for quite a while. Then, one day, Paul runs up to Peter and excitedly shouts, “Peter! Peter! I figured out why the numbers don’t match. I figured out there are so many more people in Heaven than you are letting in at the pearly gates. It’s Jesus! It’s Jesus! He keeps sneaking people over the wall!”” – Tony Campolo (Letters To A Young Evangelical)
Maybe just maybe this will be the case?! Please consider Romans 5:18 below:
“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
Could “all” mean “all”! Christian Universalist believes exactly that. I believe that a great Biblical Case can be made for this position. What amazes me is that many would consider this an attack on the gospel. They generally tell me that I have stepped outside the box of evangelicalism. To them I would ask according to the above verse does Adam have more power to condemn than Christ has the power to save?
“We contend that to ally Jesus with either political party is idolatry. The Jesus of Scripture will not conform to the ideologies of any party. He stands in judgement of all of our political agendas and calls Christians in each and every party to examine their respective party platforms in accord with His teaching.” – Tony Campolo (Letters To A Young Evangelical)
“In Romans 16:7, Paul recognized Junia, a woman, as a fellow apostle – the supreme role for a preacher and teacher in ecclesiastical rankings.” – Tony Campolo (Letters To A Young Evangelical)
“Desire is the ingredient that changes the hot water of mediocrity to the steam of outstanding success.” – Zig Ziglar