I was very surprised that this following quote was in the paper. (from links)
‘Three years after founding New Song Urban Ministries, Mr. Tibbels, his wife and friend Mark Gornik launched the Habitat program as a way for religious adherents to recognize and atone for their sins.’
then I read, in an online response from a friend of Tibbels, of 30 years,
‘Having known Allan for the past 30 years I can say that his sacrificial lifestyle and intense love for others came years before Sandtown. I also don’t believe He launched Sandtown Habitat for Christians to recognize and atone for their sins. Only Christ can atone for our sins. As an elder in the PCA he knew this well. Allan, a true inspiration to us all, showed us not only how to bring a family to those in need, but also how to bring those in need into the family.’
So, I wonder why the newspaper reported as they did in the first quote.
It shows great ignorance on the part of the reporter, about sin and redemption.
Since our society has become more and more disconnected from the bible and doctrine,
many gross assumptions result.
The ignorance is no surprise.
But, I wonder though if it’s not a good ‘excuse’ to push an agenda of the social gospel followers.
You know, get it in front of the eyes of the public and let them read it and digest it in their minds.
‘atone for their sins’. ‘atone for their sins’. say it often enough and they will believe it.
It’s possible this man was truly saved by having trusted Christ for salvation, and then living his life, among his neighbors, with a true servant’s heart. He would have then been working in his neighborhood as a witness for the Lord and out of gratitude for the atonement for His sins by Jesus Christ.
I sure hope so.
But, I am still disturbed that the newspaper reported this story as they did.
Whether the reporter took this as an opportunity to promote Habitat for Humanity’s social gospel,or was misled by a church or family member.
I wouldn’t know.
But I do know that a big lie was written in that local paper. And Christ’s atonement was diminished.
Maybe this will be the new trend, since spirituality is big these days.
What with the interest in Eastern religious practices like Yoga, and Reiki, and emptying the mind etc.
Thoughts might be turning people toward atoning for their sins.
Maybe atonement is needed for sins that offended the cosmos or the New world Order’s spiritual oneness of humanity.
we shall see.