Pine Painted to Look Like Marble

November 27, 2009 at 8:55 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, False teaching | 1 Comment

          When we visited the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City, our guide pointed out the pillars in the tabernacle.  They are white pine painted to look like marble; the pews also are white pine, but painted to look like oak.  She seemed strangely proud of that.  What a commentary on the religion.  Everything on the outside is made to look pure and holy, but the inside story is something different.  We were told, by those who studied the demographics, that Utah has one of the highest suicide rates in the country and one of the highest pornography rates in the country.  The outward purity is all show, but they are sinners just like the rest of us.  All their rules don’t change the heart.  In fact, those who claim to be righteous but are not are worse than those who don’t know any better. This is the intent of Jesus’ words to the Pharisees, which I ponderd this morning, in John 9:41“Jesus said, ‘If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.’”

          Of course, I can’t point this out without confessing my own sinful nature.  Otherwise I would be completely hypocritical.  I all too often see my utter failure to measure up to God’s standards.  However, the beauty of true grace is that we can confess we are sinful and accept God’s complete forgiveness knowing we don’t have to be good enough, knowing, in fact, we can never be good enough but God offers forgiveness anyway.  When questioned about grace, our guide said, “Grace becomes effective when we’ve done our best.”  She was certain she’d done her best.  That is not grace; that is pine painted to look like marble!

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  1. This message blessed me; especially the second paragraph.


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