The Fist or the Phallus

Michael Bird paints a vivid picture of the two alternatives of idolatry:

A society that has rejected God will be driven to pursue power or pleasure, the fist or the phallus, Hitler or Heffner. That is not how the story supposed to go. The good news is that Paul can also say that everyone is invited to church: adulterers, homosexuals, warmongers, sex-addicts and sexual deviants of every kind. You may come as you are, but no one is allowed to stay that way. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and need to hear the good news of redemption and experience the transforming power of the Spirit to enable men and women to become the renewed humanity he always intended them to be (see Rom. 3:21-26; Col. 3:1-17).- Michael F. Bird, Introducing Paul, 156

What a depressing and frightening picture of sin! What a glorious gospel!

For Bird’s approach to Paul see, his Introducing Paul, and The Saving Righteousness of God. For his thoughts on biblical sexuality see his latest work in Sexegesis.


Posted on July 13, 2012, in Christian Worldview, Michael F. Bird and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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