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Andy listens to Chapter 4 of Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love.
Chan teaches that God’s crazy love for us demands a crazy response from us. But… too many people who claim to be Christians are responding in lukewarm reciprocation to what the Lord of Hosts has given to us.
In Chapter 4 of Crazy Love, Chan details the profile of a lukewarm person. The lukewarm person is not the good soil of Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower and Soils.” The lukewarm person is not a lukewarm Christian, hence Chan is insistant on profiling lukewarm people instead of lukewarm Christians, because lukewarm Christians simply do not exist. Lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron.
The kicker though is that we all have elements of lukewarmness in our lives, and even Chan admits this in his writing. Wouldn’t this mean that none of us our saved if lukewarmness was a mark of not being a Christian? How would we know if we have too much lukewarmness in our lives to be counted among God’s people if just a tinge of lukewarmness was acceptable to God?
The biggest problem with this chapter of Crazy Love is that Chan is pointing us towards ourselves for assurance of our justification and not to Christ and his saving work. He is saying that fulfillment of the Law on our part is how we can know if we are really saved or not.
Crazy Love is an immensely popular book and Andy knows someone who doubted his salvation after reading it. Whenever we are pointed to look at ourselves and not to Christ, we will inevitably doubt our salvation if we are are not deceiving ourselves concerning our sinfulness. This is why this episode of Reconnect is so critical.