The Thief on the cross and the problems for traditional Christianity.

Posted: July 16, 2011 in churcg

And he was saying,

“Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”

And He said to him,

“Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

But Jesus, surely this man has to be baptised, christened, a church member, surely lord he must DO something good to make up for his sin? Surely, oh. Obviously not.

The trouble with Jesus is that he doesn’t fit into the rules we try and make. We don’t understand grace because we want to be living under law, law is safe, safe to know you have a set of rules that perhaps are not rules. If we cannot please God by the number of worship songs we sing, or our tithes, we cannot please God by performing some ritual, but only by humble submission and acceptance of the free gift he offers, a relationship, through his Son.

The wind of the Holy Spirit cannot blow if the boats are chained in the harbour. God, break our chains, Holy spirit, blow our sales to love and care for those around us.




  1. Bob Hargreaves says:

    Absolutely! The older I get, the more I realize how true it is that Jesus is more radical than I ever understood. I had to get removed from parish ministry, go through the hell of active alcoholism and addiction and then finally find the real message of recovery, and now spend a lot of time with inmates at our local jail, to begin to know this personally. I find Jesus in the jail more than in the church as such, and I know Jesus is there among my friends. Thank God I found that out while I am still alive to act on it!

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