Matthew R. Richard



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“A false christ who is primarily for helping our children get on the honor roll, a false christ who is mainly for helping us run our businesses, or is chiefly for improving our marriages and sex lives, is powerless to deal with the real and most important issue of all: our sin. What this all means is that we are saved by the real Jesus, we are also sustained by the real Jesus, and we grow in the real Jesus (see Hebrews 12:1–2). Jesus is not a means to joy, wisdom, and peace; rather, Jesus is our joy, wisdom, and peace.”
Matthew R. Richard, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: 12 False Christs

“We do not follow the real Jesus as an example in order to earn or sustain salvation, but rather, we look to Jesus’ example to know love as stated in 1 John 3:16: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” Furthermore, 1 Peter 2:21 talks specifically about following in the footsteps of Jesus’ cross—that we are to bear our crosses of suffering in this life.”
Matthew R. Richard, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: 12 False Christs

“Regarding Christianity, we are justified for the sake of Jesus Christ. In the eyes of the Father, the reality is that we are not guilty, but completely righteous; it is as if we have never sinned. Keep in mind, though, that we cannot be justified before God by our own strength, merit, or works. Rather, this justification is delivered to us personally through the Word and Sacraments and received through faith.”
Matthew R. Richard, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: 12 False Christs



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