I’ve been reading a lot on justification by faith alone lately. And yesterday, I heard a sermon that very much dealt with the subject dead on.
The pastor said that many Christians today, if asked, could give you the basics of the faith – that we are saved through Christ’s death and resurrection. However, he believes that many Christians in their language and in the heart felt convictions don’t actually believe what they are taught to confess.
My experience among young people causes me to resoundingly agree with him. In our interviews and discussions with potential camp counselors and in conversations with youth that attend camp, it is painfully obvious that many of us still don’t get it. That “by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
But our old selves still vie for control over our salvation and this can only cause despair, uncertainty, and what could be called an unhealthy addiction to pietism.
Let it be known that Park River Bible Camp has taken up the cause of Justification by Faith Alone. This is what we teach and we are unapologetic about it.