Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 12, 2009

Many of you may not know the name Cole Porter. He wrote many wonderful songs back in the 1930s and 40s: "Night & Day," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "Anything Goes." "Anything Goes" is a delightful song, and may describe the times, but...

I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering...
- Revelation 2:21.22 TNIV

That scripture passage is part of the letter to the Church at Thyatira, that church had a portion of its people practice the following principle: "anything goes." But the angel tells John, "No." Grace, yes! Patience, yes! But not without a summons to turn away from "anything goes." "I have given her time to repent..."

The teaching of grace through faith in Jesus Christ is the best news you and I have ever heard, but it is not a license to anything goes. It is a summons to turn to Christ, and to serve him, to follow him today.

Dale Patterson