JI Packer’s thoughts on the necessity of Catechism
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No. I have no power to save myself, for sin has corrupted my conscience, confused my mind, and captured my will. Only God can save me.
The way of death is a life without God’s love and Holy Spirit, a life controlled by things that cannot bring me eternal joy, leading only to darkness, misery and eternal condemnation.
You (here meaning the convert he is instructing) are standing on the threshold, fully receive the Grace of God being bestowed on you. But, don't imagine that you can force your way in, you must have been invited. You must be fully converted.
Sin alienates me from God, my neighbor, God’s good creation, and myself. Apart from Christ, I am hopeless, guilty, lost, helpless, and walking in the way of death.
The Gospel is the good news that God loves the world and offers salvation from sin through his Son, Jesus Christ.
1. What is the human condition? Though created good and made for fellowship with our Creator, humanity has been cut off from God by self-centered…