“There is a kind of writing, preaching, and talking about grace that instead of offering grace and extolling the goodness of God, seems to use grace as the backhand of God that is used to grind humans into the ground as it talks about grace. I’m having a hard time being gracious about this.”
Scot McKnight gets AGRO [update: “emotional” is more accurate than agro] on a blog post on “grace grinding” which is also seeing a lot of action on Jollyblogger. I have never heard Scot raise his voice before.
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“These people can’t talk about grace without emphasizing that we are wretches; they can’t read Yancey’s What’s So Amazing…? without saying it isn’t the whole story; they can’t preach obedience without saying this isn’t works; they can’t talk about grace without talking about all those who are on their way to hell; they can’t preach love without showing holiness is behind it all; they can’t talk about grace without reminding us that it is all for God’s glory and that God didn’t have to do this and that we ought to consider ourselves lucky. . . ”
All of it