Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Dr. Law and Dr. Grace

One of the greatest needs in our day in pastoral ministry is a reclamation of proper views of the relationship between law and gospel. Sadly, many otherwise well-trained men in the minstry have not delved into this subject that, in earlier days, was considered the very marrow of theology. Yesterday I heard about a man who recently preached an old sermon by Lester Roloff, the late evangelist from Texas who became famous for his work with wayward children and youth. It is entitled, "Dr. Law and Dr. Grace." Here is an excerpt with a link to the whole article.
I know I,m having some serious internal trouble and so I head for Dr. Law, and Dr. Law is always in his office and ready to see the sinner. The secretary told me that he was waiting for me. I stepped inside his office and started to relate my signs and symptoms to which he said, "I will not need your help," to which I said, "Do you think you can find out what is wrong with me?" And he said, "No, sir, I don’t have to think I KNOW what is wrong with you you have heart trouble. You're just like all the rest of my patients."

My old flesh rebelled and it didn't make sense to me that every one of his patients would have the same disease But after ail, dear friend, the law doesn't make sense to the sinner because . . . "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

So the flesh gets ready to argue the issue and I say, "Dr. Law, you just don’t understand. I'm having trouble with my hands. I spend a lot of time dealing a deck of cards and I've even used them to fight with. My hands are giving me trouble." And Dr. Law said, "No, it's your heart."
Read the rest of the sermon.

9 comments:

volfan007 said...

i agree with you. many dont understand grace. it really is a shame when pastors dont understand grace.

glad for God's grace,

volfan007

Peter D. Nelson said...

I'd be most interested to hear sir your ideas on the third use of the law. If you hold to that position.

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Tom Bryant said...

wow, never thought I'd read a Lester Roloff sermon here. I heard him preach that in my IFB days.

It was a terrific sermon.

Tom said...

Peter:

I do believe in the 3rd use of the law. In that respect--and others, I am fully confessional.

Volfan:

I agree with you. "Everybod talkin' 'bout grace ain't gettin' it."

Tom:

Neither did I! I heard about this sermon that was preached last week in NC. When a friend googled it, we discovered that it was first preached by Lester Roloff. I give credit where credit is due!

GOWITHGOSPEL said...

Lester Leo Roloff! What a man! Bold! Fearless! He loved Jesus Christ with the totality of his personality! His interpretations of the scriptures were not always correct - but there may never be another servant of God like this modern day Elijah/Amos/John the Baptist under whose faithful preaching of the sovereign,saving, sustaining,succumbing grace of God
this sinner came to know Jesus Christ!

Precious memories!

SavedandSure said...

I am in complete agreement with all GOWITHGOSPEL has written regarding the maverick man and minister of God named Lester Roloff. He was the most unique, courageous, colorful and often controversial preacher I ever met,
and I have met many - MANY!

Precious are the memories!

scripturesearcher said...

Evangelist Lester Roloff was one of the most faithful servants of Jesus Christ of the 20th century in our nation until his death as a result of the airplane crash.

He and his passengers were on the way to Kansas to preach and sing of the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

I remember Brother Roloff with much admiration and appreciation.
My experiences with him during the early years of my Christian life will never be forgotten.

D.J. Cimino said...

I heard Rolof on the radio last week. Do you know what he was preaching against (for 3-4 minutes)? Chewing bubble gum.

Thank God I am out of IFB land!