Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Ragamuffin Gospel

Jeff the Baptist on this popular text:

The point of Ragamuffin Gospel is that God loves you despite your flaws. We are all screw-ups. We're ragamuffins. We're squalid beggars in the eyes of God. Yet because God's love is unconditional, he still loves us and he will always love us. So just accept his love. Don't beat yourself up about not being good enough or not doing the right things. God knew how much of a screw up you were when you were saved and he knew what a total screw up you were going to be too. So stop it and embrace the love of God already.


But the lesson wasn't new for me and in the end I found the book unbalanced. Ragamuffin is like someone who had a legalistic crisis of faith and so they went in the complete opposite direction: love and freedom. In defeating legalism and legalistic righteousness, Manning generally overcorrects. The right way is the middle way. Love of God informed by the Word including the law. Manning is so busy scathing legalists, that he never discusses the proper Biblical purpose for the law, to inform people of sin and therefore bring about repentence.

The Ragamuffin Gospel is on my list of Books To Read That I Probably Never Will Get Around To Reading. It is presently at the top of that pile.


Dan Trabue said...

I dig Rich Mullins' music and message but am not familiar with this text (written, I'm sure, after his death). I would be interested in seeing more about it.

Greg F. said...

actually, it was written before Mullins' death and was the inspiration for the album containing the term in it's title

Nate said...

I love this book. Manning's book "Ruthless Trust" is great.

Dan Trabue said...

So is it BY Rich?

That would be a high recommendation for this friend o' Quakers.

Dan Trabue said...

Never mind, I see that it's by this Manning fella.