Thursday, September 20, 2012

Words of Comfort: Spinning Bullets

Modern rifles can fire a bullet at 3,000 feet per second. The key to their speed and accuracy is a spiral barrel which makes the bullet go faster--in the same way a quarterback causes the ball to spiral to make it go faster through the air.

In today’s vernacular, to put “spin” on something is to move away from the truth. However, there is a way to put legitimate “spin” on the bullet of the gospel so that it has speed and accuracy. It is the moral Law (the ten Commandments) that sends the gospel out with speed and accuracy, cutting through the air of sinners’ excuses like nothing else. If you have never taken someone through the moral Law, try it. It is biblical (see Mark 10:17, Luke 18:18) and it certainly hits the target of human understanding. Charles Spurgeon said,

"I do not believe that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach the law… If men do not understand the law, they will not feel that they are sinners…Lower the Law, and you dim the light by which man perceives his guilt. This is a very serious loss to the sinner, rather than a gain; for it lessens the likelihood of his conviction and conversion. … I say you have deprived the gospel of its ablest auxiliary [most powerful weapon] when you have set aside the Law. You have taken away from it the schoolmaster that is to bring men to Christ…they will never accept grace till they tremble before a just and holy Law.”

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