The High Calling of God

by Mike Ratliff

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1-2 ESV)

As I stated a few days ago, I am preparing to review John MacArthur’s book The Jesus You Can’t Ignore. I should have that ready by the end of this week or early next week. In any case, I am currently in one of the latter chapters of the book, which has the title “Hard Preaching.” MacArthur covers two Biblical passages in this chapter, the “Sermon on the Mount” from Matthew 5,6 & 7 and “The Bread of Life Discourse” from John 6. When studied from the perspective of what was actually going on in our Lord’s ministry as He preached those polemic messages, the utter separation from those truly in Christ from the merely religious becomes extremely clear. The politically correct, seeker sensitive, Church Growth approaches to ministry are vividly shown for the empty fallacies they are. In this post, I believe God would have us take a closer look at the marker of true discipleship, its source, and how it becomes apparent in every genuine Christian and how its absence is evidence of disingenuousness.  Continue reading