“The Pudding Cup Pyramid”

So what do you think? Could “Winning Souls” really work like this? If we keep telling people we know, and they tell people that they know, and then they tell people that they know…eventually wouldn’t everyone hold fast to Jesus as Savior? It’s sort of sounds like this is possible.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NRSV)

But in a way it also sounds like a bit of naive optimism, hopeful romantic thinking that overlooks the role that darkness can play in the lives of some people.

“And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19 (NRSV)

Perhaps a good start is to see the real person and see from the perspective of their darkness (or better yet, what we perceive as their darkness). In other words, focus on the person rather than “convincing them to give up their pudding cups.” To me, it’s also important to remember that repentance follows (rather than precedes) embracing Jesus.

These things, I believe, require us to depend upon the guidance of Real Life Jesus.

God is quite good at leading us to people who have struggled with the same “pudding cups” that we have struggled with! (Things like alcoholism, drug addiction, negativity, promiscuity, or even faulty belief systems…all of those things that we don’t want to give up!)

We are called to “be My witnesses,” not “pry every last pudding cup” from anyone’s fingers! That is up to, I believe, Real Life Jesus. He decides.

11 thoughts on ““The Pudding Cup Pyramid”

  1. Oh, I wish I could remember who said it, but there is a quote “Repentance isn’t the start of the Christian life, it IS the Christian life”. Forget who said it. MacArther, Paul Washer, one of those trouble-making reformed guys. But I think you make a valid point. Share Jesus instead of trying to take “pudding cups” away. Any way, keep it up. Love your comics!

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement. I wasn’t too sure how to say that part. I sort of compared it in my mind to perhaps someone who has a serious problem with alcohol. I don’t think we would want to tell that person, “You have to give up drinking in order to come to Jesus and have a relationship with Him” because I think in my heart of hearts, if someone is really that addicted to alcohol, only Jesus will be able to take that away. Sometimes I’m not quite as good at explaining things as I’d like to be! Thanks again!

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  2. Pudding cup bonanza! My soul sometimes feels like one of those.

    To me, it’s also important to remember that repentance follows (rather than precedes) embracing Jesus.

    I don’t know if that is exactly true, but it is probably close enough.

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    1. Thanks, Tom. I have to say, I struggled with getting those words together. I may need to “tweak” them a little?

      I do not want to say that repentance is unimportant. There’s a lot to be said for “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

      Where I was coming from was where John The Baptist said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” “Sin” there is spoken of in the singular.

      If there was one “sin” that we truly needed to repent of it’s the false belief that we are good enough on our own, a trust in our own self-righteousness. That is the universal sin of everyone. We have to acknowledge that, and repent of that for sure!

      Does that help? I’d truly be open to suggestions for a revision!

      Thanks again!

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      1. I started to write a longer reply. Then I realized that that statement was essentially correct. We repent of our sins against God because we love Him. We love Him when we realize how much He loves us.

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  3. I was mislead into thinking that I would be cured of homosexuality instantly, f I just believed in Jesus. I was wrong and I fell hard. No one bothered to tell me I would still be tempted to sin. I was so disappointed in myself that I could barely even pray, Dealing with our issues is a lifelong process, that will not be complete until we go Home. I have been celibate 12.5 years, and each day is a challenge. With time it has gotten easier (especially since I am back in fellowship with God). This fight has made me closer to God, because I rely on His strength to keep me pure. I can’t do it on my own.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences related to this post. I’m hopeful that what you have shared will help someone who has dealt with any issue that they felt was keeping them from having a relationship with God.

      I remember many years ago reading a book titled “The Cross and The Switchblade” which contained some remarkable changes in the lives of young people tied to violence and drug addiction who were instantly changed, instantly cured upon committing their lives to Jesus. Those were miraculous testimonies.

      I think though that for many people, the experience is a bit different, just as you have shared here. There are lots of struggles, like just with alcohol and drugs, but we would never tell anyone, “You have to kick that before you can approach Jesus.” Sadly there are some people who love Jesus very much, but can’t just shake things that are ruining life for them.

      My thought, at least right now, is that we should not put a barrier between anyone and Jesus. It’s only through being able to embrace Jesus that any real change will happen, just as you have shown.

      “God Hates You” is never a message that changes anyone whether they take “Side A” (okay in a monogamous committed relationship) or “Side B” (only abstinence) in the homosexuality and Christianity debate.

      Thanks again for your insights!

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