After making the arduous fifty mile trip back to his rural African village, Taavi was trying to explain what he had seen in the big city.
He told his friends about a large tent with lots of people singing. Then all the people sat down and listened intently to a man wearing a suit who spoke for about an hour.
Many were asking, "What did he say?"
After several minutes explaining the mans message about the God who will send some to a place called heaven and others to a fiery place called hell, one of the elders who helped at the orphanage for many years spoke up and reasoned, "Then the message you heard is like this . . .
The director of an orphanage gives the children a test.
Then he takes the ones who passed the test out to the bus and locks the windows and doors to the building with all the other children inside.
He then pours gasoline around
the orphanage building
and lights it on fire.
While driving the bus away he tells the saved children that the ones behind in the burning orphanage deserved to be burned and they should be happy because they are among the saved ones."
Sad, but true. This is the so called "good news" message of most churches. Maybe good for those who pass the test - whatever the current expectation is - but horrible news for the rest.
While most churches aren't so blunt, this is the underlying and undeniable edict of Christianity since the fourth century, when Augustine and Justinian's controlling influence became the norm.
Definitely not the message of Paul who stated clearly that, "God has consigned all to His mercy" (Romans 11:32)
Jesus' clear message in John 3:17 "God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world."
That is Good News!
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when He adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, "Abba, Father."
Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation for everyone,
but Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.