I am not a fan of the iPhone but one thing I do envy iPhone owners for is the massive choices of accessories that they have to personalize and protect their precious iPhones.
For the past year, I must have seen hundreds of iPhones being used but I can't remember ever seeing a naked iPhone i.e. an iPhone without a cover and screen protector.
The iPhone4(S), at 9.3mm thin, is one of the slimmest mobile phone in the market today. However, when you attach a cover to the iPhone, it will bump up the thickness by 10 to 20 percent depending on the brand/model of phone cover.
Most people don't mind the extra thickness for the sake of protecting their precious iPhones from scratches but do you know that the designers of the iPhone4 took this concern into consideration and covered the front and rear of the iPhone4 with scratch-resistant glass?
Thus, as most iPhone4 owners attach the covers and screen protectors to their phones, the iPhone4 is seldom used in the pure form created by the iPhone4 designers. The owners have wasted the sleek, minimalist, super slim and scratch-resistant design of the designers.
Similarly, when I think about the the redemption plan designed by the grace of God, it is seldom preached today in its pure form. Many preachers have wasted the perfect design of God's grace by attaching their own "protective" covers in their misguided efforts to protect God's grace from abuse.
For example, The Christian Post (Singapore Edition) reported on a lecture by Professor Roland Chia of Trinity Theological College in which he claimed that salvation is contingent on an ongoing relationship with God, and thus Christians can lose or forfeit their salvation.
Preachers like Professor Chia cannot trust the divine grace of God to save us once and for all, through no effort or sacrifice of our own but, through only the once and for all sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and after that the same divine grace will transform us from glory to glory.
These preachers cannot believe that the unconditional grace of God will work in the way which God Himself personally designed it, and tag on their own terms and conditions to "protect" this grace, thus lowering this divine grace to a human grace ... nay, it is not grace at all, in fact it is a DISGRACE.
Salvation is NOT contingent on an ongoing relationship with God. Salvation gives us the privilege and blessing of an ongoing relationship with God, and that is the naked truth.