Monday, August 15, 2011

Priestly Rants writes about the gap between forensic justification and an actually transformed life

http://priestlyrant.com/on-tin-cans-hearts-minds-daughters-and-stupidity/2158.html#more-2158

The author at Priestly Rants is Lutheran and not "evangelical", which is to say not evangelical. He mentions how many Lutherans speak as if the "as if" part of salvation is the focal point of everything. Of course if the purely forensic aspect of justification is the big deal then what happens when a Christian continues to struggle with depression or continues to display patterns that reveal mental illness? Does the person with bipolar disorder get told that he or she just needs to trust in the forensic/judicial statement of justification? What does that mean?

In eternity, sure, we know what that means, but a forensic declaration of justification by faith doesn't look like the renewal of the mind, does it? What would the renewal of the mind look like? Not planning on discussing that at length here, smarter and better people than I shall ever be have fielded that subject generations before me. But I do want to link to this and mention that there can be a difference between a Christian counselor wanting to avoid "pop pyschology" and a Christian counselor who assumes that "all truth is God's truth" just so long as it doesn't require one to come up with a nuanced understanding of mental illness that doesn't involve mere demonization or "lack of repentance".

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