The point is to lay myself bare and reveal the sins and attitudes that small church pastors battle. My motive is not to hurt anyone’s feelings.
There has already been a third-party reconciler named Jesus, and a greater reconciler will never exist.
The decree of God, the elective purpose of God, the predestinated announcement of God always carries with it the effort of man. They go together; God’s decree and purpose and man’s volition and choice.
Yes, I still find myself going from meeting-to-meeting. When I was an associate pastor, I was on 21 committees at the same time. We even had a Committee on Committees.
Did Peter really insist on baptism? Why doesn’t he mention faith? Why is the Holy Spirit promised only to those who are baptized? The questions pile up quickly.