Allegheny East Pastor Speaks at GC Session
Story By Celeste Ryan Blyden
Photo by Bryant Taylor
Brenda Billingy (pictured), senior pastor of the Metropolitan church in Hyattsville, Md., shared this morning’s devotional titled, “Grace, Law and Obedience.”
Donning a blue and purple garb and holding a stone and bucket of sand, she took on the persona of the woman caught in adultery and recounted her “grace moment” with Jesus (see John 8:1-11).
“There was silence as I awaited the verdict. With bowed head my eyes focused on the sand beneath my feet. From this vantage point, I could see the teacher quietly stooping down, and, with His finger, He began writing in the sand. I was hoping He could do something to help, but I guess not—I didn’t deserve help. I was guilty and He was probably writing out my verdict for all to see. … But with a motion of grace He straightened up.”
Jesus did not condemn the woman, declared Billingy, stepping out of character and putting on her preaching voice. “You cannot condemn me when grace is available. You cannot repress me when grace is present. You cannot speak against me when God chose grace. You cannot overtake me when God shows His grace. Justice demanded that I should die, but grace and mercy said “Oh, no.”