This week the Nashville Statement was signed and released by Evangelical Christian leaders meeting in the city of Nashville, TN. As a Prodigal Pilgrim, I have added my signature to the document in affirmation of what is written and taught in it.
As a prodigal I sadly understand that sexual activity outside of the biblical framework of marriage is destructive and sinful. As a pilgrim the Lord has taught me afresh the beauty and joy of the marriage act.
Recently I wrote an article about self-forgiveness, Are You Supposed to Forgive Yourself?. I know that my content runs contrary to much of what is espoused in our culture of therapeutic religion. This religion promotes self above all else. If you struggle with what I wrote, I am provided some other references of Bible teachers who hold to the same view I do. Perhaps their words will help shed some more light on the subject.
It is often said that we cannot forgive if we do not forget the offense against us. This has been preached from Christian pulpits and from secular psychologists.
The question we must ask is whether this is the teaching of Scripture. I don’t think that it is. Those who proclaim this teaching usually do so from a desire to demonstrate a desirable virtue. I am not questioning their motives.
When you sin and experience guilt, are you supposed to forgive yourself?
Recently I taught a short series on Jesus and forgiveness to our Bible Study group. Along the way I compiled a list of some questions about forgiveness that arose from that study and from things I have read in other places. This issue of forgiving yourself is front and center on the whole topic of forgiveness.
You might have heard it put something like this, “You can’t begin to forgive others until you first forgive yourself.” One internet article title begins, “How I finally forgave myself.”
But the Christian must ask whether this is part of Christianity or is it really some other religion.
Recently I posted my book review of Sinclair Ferguson’s book, Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification. This work has been one that was good for my mind and soul.
Here I am sharing my ten favorite quotes from the book. The best way to read each quote is to do so slowly and give thought to what is being communicated. Each quote is in the form of tweet. If you are on Twitter, I encourage you to tweet at least one of them (more is better). If you have room use the hashtag #DevotedToGod.