I wasn’t able to attend our denominational conference this year, but was able to watch the conference keynote speaker - Pastor Bryan Loritts of Fellowship Memphis in
via the taped broadcasts on the internet, and I’m glad that I did. He parallels
salvation through Jesus to the American “Emancipation Proclamation” in that the
Sinner is a slave to their sin and the Believer has been set free by Christ.
Besides “original sin”, we are guilty of “voluntary sins” that we commit.
Whether one a day, week or month (and that being generous since sin are committed in
thoughts, words and actions), if we added them up over a lifetime, it’s a problem
when the requirement is zero. And eternity is at sake! But, we can find freedom
from our sin in Christ Jesus. By the power of Christ alone; not earn, bought or
deserved. Why? The love and grace of God Almighty. Memphis, Tennessee
Ephesians 2:4-9“Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Pastor Loritts warns: Don’t be taken captive by empty and deceptive philosophy: Jesus plus something is “nothing”, but Jesus plus nothing is “everything”. The work of our church’s pastors is to grow people from immaturity to maturity with patience, and sound biblical counsel, teaching and preaching. They true have the duty of watching over souls. God bless our clergy. Philosophy is based upon the love of wisdom to form our worldview of life and living. But, instead of our focus being upon human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world, the heart and center direct all to Jesus, who has the power to heal and transform.
Hebrews 12:1-2“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
There are three hollow philosophies prevalent today in our society, which
Psalm 113 “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, you his servants; praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore.”
In Christ, Brian