Matt Chandler has warned young people against becoming “slaves to a type of works-based righteousness that has no power to change your life,” calling moralism a “lie from Hell” and assuring that Jesus loves His children right where they are” — no matter how broken.
Chandler, lead pastor at the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, told thousands gathered at Texas Motor Speedway for Together 2018 that it’s easy, as a teen or millennial, to fall prey to the idea that Jesus can only love some future, perfected version of them.
“You start to believe, ‘Man, if I could just stop doing this, or start doing this, or just get away from this, then He would love me,'” Chandler said.
“And yet, the Gospel would say that while you were at your worst, Jesus saved you,” he continued. “It wasn’t when you got your act together, it was not when you stopped doing this or when you started doing this. No, it’s when you believed upon the promises of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. It’s when you turned from the world and you faced Him that the Gospel took root in your life.”
When we forget this important truth, Chandler said, we “drive joy out” and begin living a secret, duplicitous life.
“It’s not what Christ died to bring you,” the pastor continued. “He died to bring you into life, into joy, and we do that by staying in the Gospel, not moving on. We don’t move from Gospel to moralism.”
Chandler said that you can tell if people understand the Gospel by what they do when they “blow it.”
“If, when you blow it, you’re like, ‘Well, I gotta hide from Jesus for a while,’ and you run from Him until you feel like you’re doing good again, and then you go back, you don’t understand the Gospel,” the pastor warned. “The Gospel says that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and that grace is sufficient.”
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Source: Baptist Press