Jesus Saves* (*terms and conditions apply)

The Church is very good at bearing good news . . . sometimes. But when it comes to the salvation that comes from God through Jesus, it fails time and time again. I’m coming across examples of this every day:

  • Jesus Saves . . . those who recognise their sin and repent
  • Jesus Saves . . . only those who do not follow another religion
  • Jesus Saves . . . only those who believe in their total depravity and unworthiness
  • Jesus Saves . . . only heterosexuals
  • Jesus Saves . . . only those who evidence his salvation by speaking in tongues
  • Jesus Saves . . . only if you do not commit ______________ (insert pet sin here)
  • Jesus Saves . . . only if you _________________ (fill in the blank)

It makes me want to see a legally-determined disclaimer when some tell the good news: Jesus Saves* (*terms and conditions apply).

I suppose it boils down to this: Either “Jesus Saves” is good news for all, or it is not good news. There are no terms and conditions. There are no “exception clauses.” There is no bad news on the side. It is all good news. Jesus draws all to himself. He gave himself for the whole world. Nothing excludes you from the grace of God which is in Jesus.

That’s good news. No terms and conditions apply.

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2 thoughts on “Jesus Saves* (*terms and conditions apply)

  1. If Jesus saves, then what is He saving us from? According to you, it can’t be from our sinfulness or from following false religions because you apparently reject human depravity, the need to repent and the exclusivity of Christianity. So why does anyone need to be saved, and what do they need to be saved from?

  2. I would suggest that Jesus saves (i.e. delivers) us from the false perceptions we seem to have that we need to work to please God, that we need to be ashamed of how God created us, that we need to be consumed by greed, pride, materialism or lust–and in this way he indeed saves us from our sinful self and frees us to be all he made us to be. But to say that he does this simply based on our affirmation of a certain set of doctrines or the recitation of a certain prayer is nowhere found in his own words nor in the earliest understandings of his teachings.

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