The Value of the Law

A tract was dropped off at my door a few nights ago by someone from the Anchorage Baptist Temple advertising a Faithbuilders‘ class. It is noble enough to want to build one another’s faith. What got me was the message inside:

HOW DO I GET SAVED?

Take God at His word and claim His promise for your salvation. Is there any reason why you should not accept Christ as your Savior now? No, there is no reason not to accept Christ as your Savior. Bow your head and pray this prayer.

“Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sin, and ask you for mercy and forgiveness through the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe He died for me and rose again. I now accept Him as my Savior.”

Now that you have accepted Christ as your Savior and when you are willing to confess Him before God and man, contact us so we can rejoice with you! You may call or write to us at our address listed on the back. We will then send you some material that will help you grow in the Lord and enjoy your new life!

This tract is written for Jews (those who know the law and significance of blood sacrifice), being distributed to a Greek culture (one with very little exposure to the Word and even less of an understanding of God’s law and the significance of a blood sacrifice) yet somehow intends to create Christians. And then there’s the decision theology, of course.

How is an American in a post-Christian society supposed to have any clue what it means that Christ died for us and it is through His blood we are forgiven? And what does it matter that He rose again?

When “Why not?” becomes your sales pitch for the Gospel, you have seriously failed to present the Law. The scripture cited in the “Roman Road,” presented on the second page of the tract, is hardly enough law to drive me to complete and utter despair which is where I need to be for the Gospel to make any sense.

Jesus is not a fuzzy teddy bear who hands out lollipops in RainbowLand and He did not promise we will enjoy our new lives. What He said was more along the lines of, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) and, “All men will hate you because of me.” (Luke 21:17)

Without a gut-wrenching presentation of the Law, the Gospel simply cannot be.

One Response to “The Value of the Law”

  1. Jeff Says:

    I personally would return the tract back to the sender, and state on the back of the tract that I am a “Confessional Lutheran” and I don’t believe nor practice “decision theology” Also should be stated on the back of the tract, Martin Luther’s explanation on the third article of the Apostles Creed, where it says that by my strength or merit I can not come to Jesus nor accept Him, only I am redeemed by His work (grace), none of mine, thru the power of the Holy Spirit in my baptism.

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