Practical Heretic [Jonah 4] – It is worthless to agree with a theology that we cannot embrace. We must fight against the tendency to withhold from others the same grace that benefited us.
- A practical heretic is someone who mentally affirms correct theology yet practically denies it.
- Don’t refuse to give the grace that you have been given.
- You will experience great peace when you remove yourself from the center of your universe.
- Jonah’s problem with the conclusion of this story is that he would have written it a different way.
- You cannot make reservations on God’s promises.
- Grace becomes entitlement when we make judgment calls on who should receive it.
- When we desire God’s grace for everyone but our enemies, we forget that we once were God’s enemies.
- Failing to submit to God’s plan will reduce us to pouting protesters.
- You may try to get away from the sin around you but you can’t get away from the sin within you.
- Don’t have more concern for your temporal comfort than others’ eternal security.
- Jonah’s ending is uncertain. Ours doesn’t have to be.