It was the guy with the verse in the window again. As Tim talked to him about that particular verse in fact, it came out that the guy believes that every time you sin, you are cut off from God until you confess that sin. If you die with any unconfessed sin, you will spend eternity away from God.
The discussion left Tim baffled and sent him studying. I, on the other hand, am just shaken and very very sad. I'm too tired right now (and discouraged... and sad...) to write all the reasons I 1) disagree with this guy and 2) think this is a significant, foundational, gospel-undermining problem. If you're curious, ask me another day.
For all you apologetics types, I'm sure Tim can handle this question on his own but equally sure he would be happy to receive help. Leave a comment or send us an email.
As I write, I'm smiling to the lyrics of a new-to-me hymn playing on my iTunes:
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
So deeply grateful for grace tonight.