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Jesus is the very opposite of "out to get you!"

In fact, I don't know how much more opposite His reason for coming could be!

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Extra nos

The Reformers emphasized that in times of doubt and fear one should not look inward at the uncertainty of one's own heart or despair at the darkness of one's own soul, but rather outside of ourselves- "extra nos-" to Christ.

I highly recommend Edward Gene Veith's  The Spirituality of the Cross,which ought to be subtitled, "Christianity 101."


"The evidence of things unseen"

The Reformers said that faith consisted of 1) knowledge; 2) assent, and 3) trust. The first two aren't usually the problem for people with OCD. The problem is with trust.

OCD is called "the doubting disease" for a reason. Typically we don't tolerate uncertainty, even the unavoidable uncertainty which springs from the nature of humanity and our own inability to control everything.  There is nothing we know for absolutely certain.  I don't know that the building I live in won't collapse tonight; buildings have collapsed before. Of course, I have no reason to think that it will, or that the chances of it happening are more than microscopic.  But I don't know for absolutely certain that it won't.

But I trust the Building Code. I trust that this building would not have been opened for occupancy if it hadn't been examined and found to be sound, and if proper procedures hadn't been followed by the builders and supervised by the city. So while I don&…

You can lose your salvation. But Jesus can't lose it.

Sanctification as self-improvement

A concept foreign to American Christianity: The Gospel

Pr. Fisk once more sets us straight on the way- contrary to the heresies of contemporary American "Evangelicalism-" God deals with us.

This time, he explains why the Gospel is Gospel, not Law. In other words, why there are never any "if's" in the authentic Gospel, and why it calls upon you do do absolutely nothing.

The Gospel is always a proclamation of what God has done. It is never a call for action on our part. Not even a tiny, teensy-weensy bit of action.

Merry Christmas. Here's a present.

The present is named Jesus.

The guy in the video isn't him. He's Pastor Jonathan Fisk. But Pastor Fisk explains in the video what the gift of Jesus means for people with scrupulosity.

He helps you unwrap the present, if you will.

So let's get that package open, eh?