To the Editor:

A recent article in The Bluffton Sun stated that Christ did not come to save us, “but rather to direct our attention back to the reality of who we are as divine expressions of God.” 

To say something so clearly opposed to the clear teaching of the Bible, with the title of minister, I believe warrants a response. Should we be thankful people? Absolutely! (1 Thess 5:18; Phil 4:4). But how could we possibly be thankful for anything, how could we have any true peace, unless we have first been reconciled to God, the one who has made us, the one who redeems His people from the curse of sin, the one who is blessed and the fount of every blessing  (Eph 1:3)? 

To claim that Jesus did not live to save sinners ignores the clear teaching of Scripture and will lead many to everlasting ruin (1 John 5:10-13; Romans 3:23-26). It is not by works of the law that we are saved (Phil 3:9), especially not good works performed before people (Matt 6:1-4), but the righteousness which is ours through faith in Christ, which is itself a gift of God (Eph 2:4-10). 

Yes, we ought to be grateful, but there first must be something worthy of our eternal praise, namely salvation, which comes through embracing Christ as the only Savior.

Andrew Wann

Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church of the Lowcountry

Bluffton