How wimpy is your god?
Does he need to have this guy touch that guy, and that guy touch this guy, and this guy touch you… in order that you be saved?
Does he need to have perfect documents written by entranced individuals acting as automotons putting down everything ‘just so’ with no possibility of error or human interaction, in order for him to act?
Does he need you ‘to do anything’ , anything at all…in order for him to act on your behalf?
If so…you have a wimpy god.
If God is actually free to act on His own without being hampered by any conditions , or prerequisites…then you have a real God.
God is free. He needs nothing in order to speak things into and out of existence. He needs nothing from us sinful creatures that do not desire Him in the first place.
He has told us who He is, what and who we are, what He expects from us, and what He has done for us…in the Bible. We either trust that Word…or not. If we trust it, it is because He has made us trust it (given us faith). If we don’t, it is beacuse we are still dead in our sins and trespasses.
We don’t need to trust in our “free will”, and we don’t need to trust in perfect holy people, and we don’t need to trust in a perfect book.
We need to trust in a Perfect God who has given us His Perfect Son expressed in His Perfect Word (which includes preaching and teaching and sacraments).
When you believe this, you no longer have a wimpy god.
Is your god a mendicant at your door pleading with you to make a decision for him? Pleading with you to believe in a book? Pleading with you to be more obedient? Pleading with you to believe in a pope?
Or is your God the God of the Bible, who acts freely, in His Word, to save sinners who need only what He can give?