Letter: ‘There am I but for the grace of God’

From: Fred Allman


I want to comment on the sinful practices of Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman. But we should not feel so holy ourselves. The potential for this immorality exists in all of us. As the great evangelist D.L. Moody said, “There am I but for the grace of God.”

The man animal, even though he has the potential of transcending his sinful nature, is still in his natural state in bondage to his lusts and appetites. At the very center of our being is an adversary too strong to be controlled by our best human efforts.

My Christian critics misrepresent my teaching on this. They represent me as teaching that it is through our own efforts that we gain the victory over our sinful nature. This is not my teaching at all. Through my many years of struggle, it has been only through God’s help that I have achieved the progress that I have made.

In our struggle with sin there is no hope for us unless we recognize our natural unregenerate condition and seek God’s help. But sad to say, many when they see their full depravity give up in despair instead of seeking God’s forgiveness and help. A lady of my acquaintance told me the other day a sad story to illustrate this. When she was a little girl, she was sexually molested by her father. When her mother confronted him with it, he went out and committed suicide.

I have this to say to Fogle and all other poor pitiful sinners: Forgiveness and cleansing await you if you will repent and seek for it.