I may be very sparse (for me) in the length, perhaps one-hundred words or so, of my posts in the foreseeable future. I think that I will sometimes post questions, mostly rhetorical in nature and with minimal (for me) contextual framing.  Here is an example:

I have heard many times that we are to give Jesus “our best”, often within the context on a sermon on tithing. I remember watching/listening to a sermon on the TV by a nationally known and influential preacher at the begining of the year.  The message was that, in 2008, we need to be more faithful in tithing, we need to be sure to witness to others on a regular basis, and we need to be more faithful in attending church, perhaps with the inferred promise that we will be blessed by our obedience in the new year, financially and otherwise.  This preachers intent was noble and the things he called us to do are, in an of themselves, praiseworthy, but may sometimes the preaching and exhorting to give Jesus “our best” be an unintended invitation to a performance-driven legalism lite?  On the other hand, at what point do we begin to tread the dangerous ground of antinomianism?

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2 thoughts on “Blogging ‘lite’ – Law ‘lite’

  1. Great post! Lots to think about.

    I think that when the law is used to prod people to better behavior or more obedience it might work as far as achieving th desired result (more money in the collection plate, etc.)

    But, you will create three kinds of peple in the pews. Phonies, despairing, or self-righteous.

    The phonies will play the game, although they know that they are not living up to the standard.

    The despairing will throw the whole thing overboard and leave.

    The self-righteous will actually believe that they are doing a pretty good job of doing what’s asked of them.

    I believe it’s far better to use the law as it is theologically intended…to kill people off to their own righteousness project.

    Then, when they are sufficiently killed off, the gospel can go to work on them and raise them to new life.

    At that point the Holy Spirit will inspire them ‘to do’ the good works of obedience and love that the law requires.

    Anyway, that’s what I think.

    Thanks!

    – Steve Martin San Clemente, CA

  2. Hey Steve,

    “I believe it’s far better to use the law as it is theologically intended…to kill people off to their own righteousness project.” Well said!

    As always, I appreciate your comments and input. Thanks!

    In His Grip,

    Ron

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