By Dean Lusk
I've got a couple of killer posts coming up. One is about my dog, and one is about a song that someone else wrote that inspired me. On the edge of your seat, eh? No doubt. Who could blame you?
In the meantime I have a question for you. I've observed that... well, more of you read posts than reply to them. That's a given for any blog. But I want you to overcome your fear of what someone will say about your thoughts, and give me some feedback. I want to know what you believe about what I'm about to ask and why you believe it. (And we'll all need to deeply ponder the word "believe.")
When you consider what it means to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, or to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (lots in Romans 10 and 11 about this), do you understand "believe" to be a one-time event -- a snapshot, as it were -- or a continual activity or process? Or something in between or even different altogether?
In other words, does Scripture say that a person must hold to "belief" for better or worse, or that a one-time event brings salvation? If you've been in the Protestant church for any lenght of time, you may have heard these words: "Has there been a time in your life at which you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?" Legit or not? Why or why not?
You can use as few words as you like or as many as you like. You can reference the Greek. You can say it's an unfair question. My main request is that when you comment, address it to me, to the blog post; not to another commenter, no matter how badly you want to offer a rebuttal. Do your best, anyway.
I'll be working on those other two mammoth posts while you leap for the "comment" link...