Thank you, Mr. Jorgensen, for your letter in the Herald last week. I appreciate hearing people speak about God. You spoke about Pastor Klockersí thoughts on life. I also look forward to reading his articles each Friday. He wrote a few months ago about grace and stated that grace was a gift. Since that time I have been seeking to reconcile that statement with Scripture. Ephesians 2 seems to be the basis for this statement. I learned several years ago that my intellect is not on the same level as the author of our Bible, so I need to see his interpretation. Verses 8 and 9 tell us that we are saved by grace through faith that is not our own but is a gift from God. Our faith is based upon what we choose to believe. Accepting the gift of faith (the revealed will of God) from God produces this righteousness within us. If we come to Jesus through self faith the righteousness we gain will be self-righteousness. Self-righteousness cannot produce salvation and as a result we take His name in vain by calling ourselves Christians when in truth we are not.
We, as the church, need to return to the truth that brings faith, the revelation of Godís will and seek to bring our will into agreement with His will and allow Him to bring us into His righteousness. Letís allow Him to bring unity back into the church as well as our great nation.