My life thus far has been a long, winding, and often rough journey. It is also about the God who has relentlessly pursued me by His grace and love.
While I have “known” “right-theology” for many years, my theology has been more academic than living and practical. God wants us to know Him, and to walk with Him in communion and fellowship. He wants us to have a living relationship with Him. That is what He created us for.
Adam and Eve had that kind of relationship with God in the Garden of Eden before Satan tempted them with “knowledge“. As the result of their sin, that relationship was broken, but God didn’t accept that brokenness as the “new normal“. Even as He pronounced the curse upon them, He promised a Savior who would come to tear-down that wall between God and man.
Even though our Lord Jesus Christ tore down that wall of separation between God and man, each of us who trust in Him for our salvation must still struggle to build our own practical relationship with Him. Our coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ grants us positional-holiness at that moment, but our practical-holiness is an on-going process. We will be a “work-in-progress” until we take out last breath…
I am a “work-in-progress“, but it is God who is doing the work, not me. In this blog, you will see me as I am…not a “sanitized-version“… how I would like for you to see me. With the Apostle Paul, I can say: “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 17:9)
I want my theology to be living, vibrant AND life-changing. Having “good-theology” but not living it causes what I know to condemn me. It is dead… That is why I am a “naturist by biblical-conviction“, because if I do believe that I am “created in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:26-27), “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and that my body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19), but if I am ashamed of the body He created for me and compulsively cover it, I am telling God that I don’t believe His Word, and it doesn’t apply to me. That would be dead theology if I didn’t put it into practice.
I want that spiritual “return to Eden“, even if I can’t have a physical “return to Eden” in this life.
I invite you to join me as I chronicle this journey in my blog. Comment and ask questions if you feel led to do so. I am always open to discussion. Arguing with me or condemning me will not be allowed. God is my only judge.