The grace of God is dangerous. It’s lavish, excessive, outrageous, and scandalous. God’s grace is ridiculously inclusive. Apparently God doesn’t care who He loves. He is not very careful about the people He calls His friends or the people He calls His church.
The tragedy of modern faith is that we no longer are capable of being terrified. We aren’t afraid of God, we aren’t afraid of Jesus, we aren’t afraid of the Holy Spirit. As a result, we have ended up with a need-centered gospel that attracts thousands…but transforms no one.
We’re attempting to convince the world how good Jesus is by how great we are. This is precisely how Madison Avenue sells toothpaste, automobiles, and underwear. People don’t need any more images of success, wealth, and power; they’re surrounded already. What they need are their sins forgiven. What they need is healing. What they need is love.
- All quotes by the late Mike Yanonelli. Former Youth Pastor and founder of Youth Specialties.
Most of these were found in his great book Messy Spirituality Which really made me think. I encourage all to watch this video to see his great speeches. A friend told me about him and been hooked ever since. Tragic I never got to meet him, but will someday in heaven.
Watch and enjoy. He'll make you think!