They stood out in the rain, shivering, waiting to hear how God would have them tear apart the lives they had built for themselves and return to him. Out of the tens of thousands, only four opposed this council. Though the people had quickly perverted God’s salvation from exile, here we see a path of grace for them once again. It required their unified confession and repentance. This wasn’t done on an individual level. They were called to stand before God as a unit and answer for what they had done. This wasn’t done in the comfort of the summer or even the comfort of a climate controlled building with a hot beverage and calming environment. It was a cold and wet and unenviable task that lay before them. Their responsibility was to show their heart posture by not being dissuaded by such things. This is desirable for our maturity. When our churches allow sin to creep in, we must stand in uncomfortability and call for truth to be read, judgement to pass and repentance to begin. Only the. Can we begin to see reformation truly take hold.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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