Are you a victim of “Bargain Theology”?
Bargain theology is that heretical teaching that God is waiting for you to fix your life. It’s that lie that if you just get it right, then He’ll love you some … at least until you mess up again.
You know, serve a little in church, do your quiet time, memorize Scripture some, pray a little, or give some of your money to Christian work.
The problem with bargain theology is that God isn’t bargaining.
He doesn’t want to fix your life; He wants to give you a new life–eternal life.
He doesn’t want the stuff you do for Him; He wants you.
He wants to change you on the inside and launch you into a messed up and hurtful world.
It’s called grace, and it’s not a bargain.
But it’s not to make you a little better, a little happier, a little more Republican.
It’s to give you what you need to overcome the evil and broken places in your heart and to stand against the evil broken places in this world.
I can’t understand why more Christians in churches don’t get it.
I got it from the very beginning.
Oh yeah, maybe that’s because I didn’t meet Jesus in the stained glass confines of safe religious platitudes.
I met Jesus on the street during a revival.
We called it the Jesus Movement.
Do your remember it?
If not, I wish you could have seen our revival.
It’s sad to me that many of my friends who found Jesus then have fallen victim to bargain theology … and it sidetracked their Christian life.
Question: Why do you think bargain theology appeals to so many Christians?