From the “Pyromaniacs”: Here are a couple of blog posts (first, second) urging us to let our theology and viewpoints be shaped by Scripture rather than sentiment, that I think are very much worth reading and heeding.
“By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10). Born to an unwed teenaged mother and raised by my great-grandparents, as a teenager, God sovereignly shined in my soul, giving “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6), and I was born again. I’m a professional musician, music educator and preacher of the gospel. I’ve also been richly blessed with a wonderful wife and two sons, for which I am most grateful.
A debtor to mercy alone, Of covenant mercy I sing; Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on, My person and offering to bring. The terrors of law and of God With me can have nothing to do; My Savior's obedience and blood Hide all my transgressions from view.
The work which His goodness began, The arm of His strength will complete; His promise is yea and amen, And never was forfeited yet. Things future, nor things that are now, Nor all things below nor above Can make Him His purpose forego, Or sever my soul from His love.
My name from the palms of His hands Eternity will not erase; Impressed on His heart it remains In marks of indelible grace. Yes, I to the end shall endure, As sure as the earnest is given. More happy, but not more secure, The glorified spirits in heaven.