Friday, February 03, 2012


In Bill Chance's new book, "Restoration Run Amuck, a clear clarion call abounds to meet the heart of the Restoration with honesty.

Jesus suggested that heart trouble was epidemic among God’s chosen
people saying, “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly
hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might
see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and
turn, and I would heal them.” (Matthew 13: 15). Thus, symptoms of the
calloused-type of heart trouble are spiritual blindness, spiritual deafness,
and an inability to understand what the Great Physician has to offer. It
appears that softening the calloused heart is prerequisite for sight, hearing,
and understanding on the spiritual level. Jesus said that these changes
must occur in a person before he could heal them. A calloused heart still
exists today among God’s people. These are the Christians who refuse to
let God’s Spirit affect their spirit. They keep God and everyone else at
a distance, believing that a good strong Christian is one who does not
show emotion, but rather maintains tight control of all aspects of their
lives. Jesus said these people will never see his glory, hear his voice in their
lives, or understand what he wants them to be until their calloused heart
is softened. He would like to soften it, but he refuses to force change
on anyone. The owner of the calloused heart must open the door before
Christ will come in (Revelation 3: 20).

One of the things I very much love about the Church of Christ is we are free to seek His will above the loud personalities of the past as well as our own unbiblical biases of the present. It is not a "they" thing; but rather a "we". We have work to do and that work is to begin at the starting pointing. Our work is to believe in the One whom He sent...John 6:28-29.

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