Month: May 2011

Spiritual Amnesia- Part 2

So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. Judges 3:5-7

Yesterday’s post focused on “spiritual amnesia.” We saw that when the Gospel fades from our memory we will inevitably forget that we have been cleansed from our sins. But there is another element to spiritual amnesia: amnesia produces apostacy. That’s why the Scriptures are replete with warning passages about not remembering what the Lord has done for us (see Deuteronomy 4 & 6).

Just like the Israelites, when we fail to remember all that the Lord has done for us, we are on our way to Baal and Asheroth. We’ll find something to worship. We’ll forsake the Creator for creation (see Romans 1:18-32).

And that’s why we celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We want to remember what the Lord has done for us in the Gospel. He has given us 2 signs that point to the reality of our salvation. And He has done this because He knows we’re prone to forget. That’s grace!

Remembering the Gospel,

Spiritual Amnesia

“One reason we don’t grow in ordinary, grateful obedience as we should is that we’ve got amnesia; we’ve forgotten that we are cleansed from our sins. In other words, ongoing failure in sanctification (the slow process of change into Christlikeness) is the direct result of failing to remember God’s love for us in the gospel. If we lack the comfort and assurance that his love and cleansing are meant to supply, our failures will handcuff us to yesterday’s sins, and we won’t have faith or courage to fight against them, or the love for God that’s meant to empower this war. If we fail to remember our justification, redemption, and reconciliation, we’ll struggle in our sanctification.” Elyse Fitzpatrick