The transformational power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not negotiable in Penitentiary Christianity.
It’s a funny thing when you first realize that a lot of Bible teaching and imagery you used to think was literary and metaphorical turns out to be truly true. It reminds me of the hucksters of the god “Tash” in C.S.Lewis’ The Last Battle, who thought they had made up “Tash” to exploit the ignorant masses - only to discover he was real and about to devour them.
When one is smashed against the “bottom” of life’s bucket, the Gospel is more than mere words and theories; it is transformational. This truth should force some pretty serious questions concerning the life we live at the “top” of the bucket and the Gospel expressed and lived therein. Is the Gospel the transformational power of God at the top of the bucket too? It should be!