This week we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the reformation. On 31st October 500 years ago, a German monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church. He also sent the theses with a letter to Albert of Brandenburg the Archbishop of Mainz. His one act sparked religious, intellectual, political, and cultural change that completely altered the Church and the then world. What took place was earth shattering to say the least. The Catholic Church splintered and the protestant movement was formed and the after effects are still being felt to this day
In his 95 theses, he argued that faith in Jesus alone and not selling of indulgences or good works was the only way to obtain pardon for sin (sola fide). He also argued for the sole reliance on scriptures (sola scriptura) as the foundation for the beliefs in the Church. Let me not get you tangled up in the weeds. Basically, his action was summed up in this – Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Period!
Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
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Weakness is weak
Like a creek it leaks and reeks
Of failure…like a tick
It sticks with abandon streak
Yet it humanizes
Even as it crystallizes
You and I with increases
Of the human population that God increases
Even as He works through yours and my weaknesses
Poem by Arnold Etyang
I hate any and every form of weakness in myself, in others, whether perceived or otherwise. It is for this reason that I have read (almost) everything there is to self-help my way through porn addiction. From books that teach one how to avert one’s gaze while on the streets to avoid looking too long at the opposite sex, to books that tell one what a man is and how he should behave himself publicly and privately. I have read all these. Yet, I still continue to and will continue to till I get rid of this weakness. Please don’t fault me on that and like I said earlier – I HATE ANY AND EVERY FORM OF WEAKNESS!
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I refuse to be defined by my experiences — whether good or bad
I am not my education level.
I am not my career achievements.
I am not my relationship status — single, married or complicated
I am not my sexual orientation — straight, gay or queer.
I am not my title – Dr/Mr/M.D/Founder/Apostle/Chairman/Bishop/Honorable etc
I am not the color of my skin.
I am not my back account balance.
I am not my years of spiritual duties and activities — church attendance, tithing, leading worship, speaking in tongues, all night prayer vigils, fasting etc
I am not my vision, purpose and destiny.
I am not my dieting and exercise.
I am not my gender — male, female or transgender.
I am who Jesus is and His finished work on the cross for me — the gospel – Grace
When that is in perspective, everything else makes sense.
that’s what grace looks like