Peter concluded his list of recommendations in his second general letter with this closing statement: â€œFor if these things are yours and abound you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.â€ (2 Peter 1: 8 -10) Now, why is it that we would not work to make home for these characteristics within our own lives? Peter states that without them we cannot see clearly and may end up spiritually blind and much more than forgetful.
“The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone . . . . How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name?”
We must lead people to Jesus, not preachers’ personalities or denominations. In a world where some preachers are looked upon like rock stars, we must not forget that life is all about Jesus, not us. We are Christians…nothing more and nothing else.