I am saying Lent is not of Scripture.
What I cannot do is boil down free will or predestination/election to a simple, child-friendly explanation that doesn’t pit God against family members.
Claiming a “life verse” of “nothing is impossible with God,” or saying that you’re going to dream “God-sized dreams” because of Scriptures about miraculous conceptions of prophets and Messiahs is absurd.
This verse has absolutely nothing to do with devotion to God, quiet times, waiting to hear from God, expecting God to speak to you or reveal things to you, or any number of things that women have made it out to mean over the past decade.
So, you see, while Jesus may not have specifically said, “Thou shall not…” in a red letter edition of the New Testament, Jesus is God. Jesus and the Father are one. If you know and love Jesus, you know and love the Father. “But Jesus never said” is not an excuse for any sin, period.
Now we have real work to do: the ordinary, every day, hard work of sanctification that bears the fruit of righteousness that affects those around us.
“When people are not satisfied with God’s Word (and by the way, there is a whole lot of Bible to study), nothing will satisfy them” (page 122).