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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 28, 2011 - Lifeboat Theology

By Scott Harrup

I doubt I’m the first one to suggest this term, but “lifeboat theology” comes to mind when I consider the different responses to salvation — among the saved as well as the lost.

It goes something like this. Imagine you’re in a lifeboat in freezing waters following the loss of your ship. All around you are fellow passengers frantically trying to get into the boat. Others are already unconscious from the cold and slumped over in their life vests. What do you do?

If there is room in your lifeboat, the only moral thing to do is to rescue as many other passengers as possible. Of course, once the boat is full, you would have the terrible task of keeping too many people from crawling in and capsizing the boat.

But what if you were in a boat with unlimited capacity? What would you do?

Too many Christians, myself included, don’t do enough to connect the “lifeboat” of salvation with the lost and spiritually perishing around them despite the scriptural assurance that God sent His Son “that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17, KJV). Each of us can always do more to proclaim the gospel and create compelling invitations to enter the lifeboat constructed at Calvary some 2,000 years ago.

A biblical, redeemed view of lifeboat theology recognizes that every person in the lifeboat by God’s grace should be throwing out lifelines in obedience to God’s command.

That command is called the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19); no follower of Christ is exempt from this life-saving duty; and it is to be carried out on a solid foundation of the redemptive, divine love at the core of the Bible’s message.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

 

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