Why is faith so important? Faith is necessary for salvation, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). How were people saved before Jesus? “By faith.”
Because of God’s sovereignty, He chose the gospel of kingdom and the gospel of grace to show not only His love to humanity but also His sovereign right to do it. Don’t seek righteousness through the works of the law, but by faith.
The message of the Day of the Lord, then, is that it’s coming is inevitable. Its harshness, though, is directly related to our disobedience to Yahweh: The greater the disobedience, the greater the destruction; the greater the righteousness, the greater the blessing.
Hopefully, if you know how to rightly divide your Bible, you can see why it is simply not possible to take the Second Coming prophecies of Joel 2 and 3 and try to place them on the Church.
Underlying all these devoted practices is the recurring theme that for its faithful, Athletica is more than a religion to attend to for a couple hours per week.