At my weekly men’s bible study, we discussed Matthew 9. Particularly this passage:
1Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
3At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
4Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7And the man got up and went home. 8When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.
Jesus put the spiritual before the physical healing. I think TEC is getting this backwards with its social justice agenda. Or, perhaps they are just forgetting the spiritual altogether. But, our primary purpose as followers of Jesus Christ is the forgiveness of sin aspect of ministry. I find it interesting that those of us in TEC that speak of this are given the same accusations by Piskie leftists: “This fellow is blaspheming!”
May we all learn to blaspheme as strongly as Jesus did in his day by declaring God’s forgiveness of sin.