What is the meaning of Easter? For most professing Christians, that’s an easy one to answer: it’s a celebration of Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross for us and his triumphant resurrection from death. In a nutshell, it’s a time to remember the gospel message. Well, according to a US senator and “reverend,” Raphael Warnock of Georgia, the meaning of Easter is “more transcendent” than that.
In a now-deleted tweet, Sen. Warnock wrote,
The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.
In an attempt to make the Easter holiday “more transcendent,” (i.e., “inclusive”), this “reverend” denied the truth, power, and exclusivity of the gospel message. It’s nothing short of heretical. It’s an illustration of the sin nature of man as described in Genesis 3:1:
Did God actually say . . . ?
It’s also an illustration of mankind succumbing to the devil’s temptation that “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). We want to be our own god, to decide “truth” for ourselves. Genesis 3 sums up the sin nature of man as a result of trusting the devil's word not God’s, just as this “reverend” did in this tweet.
So did God actually say that we are sinners who can’t save ourselves? That we’re hopelessly lost apart from Christ? That no amount of good works—like “helping others”—will merit us anything with God? Yes—absolutely yes, he did.
I’ll leave you with some Scripture, as God’s Word—not man’s ideas (as he tries to be his own god)—is the ultimate authority and the only absolute truth:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8–9)
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23–24)
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
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