We are counted righteous by God not because of our own works of penance, but on account of Christ’s perfect righteousness all the way to his finished, once-for-all work on the cross to save his people from all their sins—past, present and future.
If the Roman Catholics have their crucifixion reenactment, and Jews have their Passover Seder meal, evangelicals have their footwashing ceremony. This week, I have seen footwashing ceremonies being promoted by a couple of big evangelical churches here in the Metro Manila area. Did Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed, really command us to perform an annual footwashing ceremony?
The Internet Monk writes, “We are on the verge â€“ within 10 years â€“ of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity… We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. The billions of dollars we’ve spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced… young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it.”