Chapter 4, “Hear Jesus Saying, ‘I Will Save You from Yourself'" (pp. 41-54)
It is not uncommon for us to express strong desires, often desires that are counter to reality and/or God’s Word. We dislike disappointment so much we will go beyond what the Lord has said. In Matthew 16, just after Peter has confessed Jesus as the Christ, he is rebuked by Jesus for his hesitancy to see Jesus go to his death. It is the crucified Jesus who is the savior.
Following Jesus is the lifestyle of dying to our own desires and taking on his.
In this chapter, which is much closer to orthodox Christianity than those before it, Guthrie still flirts with the dangers of self-mediated Christianity. When she removes the specific authority of God’s Word and replaces it with our opinion she leaves us on shaky ground.