selective reading

On my way home from Harry Potter at 3am, I drove past this Bible church that always has annoying signs out.  They write things that are apparently supposed to make you want to come into their church.  I can’t remember specific past examples, but they did spell Matthew with one T recently.  The one this morning just got to me though.  “The wages of sin is death.  Romans 6:23”  Um, sure.  Yes, that’s partly correct.  One word (“for”) missing at the beginning, but the next six words are right.  However, the majority of the verse is missing: “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Perhaps I focus on grace too much (isn’t too little law, too much Gospel a criticism of the ELCA?), but that part of the verse seems exceedingly important.

You can’t scare people into believing something.  That isn’t faith.  And selective reading bugs me.

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