addressing the false teaching of “daily dying to self,” part 3
You can read Part 1 here. You can read Part 2 here.
Recap of the “daily dying to self” study so far
When Jesus told the crowd “Deny yourself and follow Me,” He wasn’t saying “daily die to yourself in a spiritual or soulish way.” He was telling them to turn their backs on their former lives and become His true disciples. He still calls people to this.
When He said “Take up your cross (daily) and follow Me as a disciple,” He was not saying “die to yourself daily in a spiritual or soulish way.” He was telling them Continue reading “Dear Christian, you are called to spiritual life, not perpetual death”
addressing the false teaching of “daily dying to self,” part 2
You can read Part 1 here.
Part 1 was an introduction to the topic of “daily dying to self,” partly to respond to a blog post, plus I had the privilege of providing a platform for my excellent husband.
But Part 2 will begin looking at the Scriptures that don’t teach “daily dying to self.” First off . . . Continue reading “Dear Christian: stop trying to die”
addressing the false teaching of “daily dying to self,” part 1
A couple of months ago blogger Darrell Harrison posted this blog article (link), which told us our marriages are supposed to kill us. Continue reading “Dear Christian, your marriage is not supposed to kill you”
About 12 years ago we visited a church that required a certain kind of (very modest) attire for certain events. As I read the brochure that explained the reasons for the attire, I saw that one of the reasons was “for holiness.” Continue reading “How easy it is to appear righteous: a poster”
For those of us who have looked for hope in the homeschooling movement, the patriarchy movement, the neo-Calvinist movement, or any other movement. Continue reading “Our only hope: a poster”
Not long ago I had the privilege of having a deep conversation with a young man who was attending an excellent local Bible school.
What made this conversation unusual was that this young man began telling me about an addiction to pornography that had gripped him since he was nine. He was one of the oldest children in a large family, so hiding his addiction had been no small feat, but he managed it. Continue reading “Power over Porn”
Someone was telling me about this a while back. Praying for God to break him.
“What do you mean by that?” I asked. “And where is it in the Bible?” Continue reading “Do you pray for God to “break” you?”
At some point in my life—not that long ago, I’m afraid—I realized I said these two words a lot.
I can’t memorize like I used to. I can’t keep anything in my head for more than about ten seconds.
I can’t take on one more thing. Really, I would love to, but I just can’t.
I can’t do this by myself, people.
I just can’t break this sin pattern.
At some point—don’t remember what God used to turn on the light—I realized Continue reading “Note to self: Stop saying “I can’t””
“I want more fruit, Lord. I want much fruit.” My prayer ran more or less along the lines of that vague reference to John 15. It was summer, and my parents’ blueberry bushes groaned with fruit. I was jealous. In the Love of Christ, my roots ran as deep as those. Of the Water of Life I drank long and often. Yes, I have fruit, but I’m hungry for more. Where is it?
As is commonly the case with these Hard Questions, I prayed and pondered for a while before receiving an answer. Then somewhere Continue reading “So where’s the fruit? Thoughts on John 15 and the sower and seed”
When we left my Independent Fundamental Baptist roots (not because of rules so much, or a particular bad experience, but because in our study of the Bible, some of our beliefs had changed so fundamentally that we no longer fit), in searching for where we belonged in the world of Christendom, we ended up in a Reformed Baptist church.
Reformed Baptists, with their peculiar brand of legalism, quite different from Continue reading “How much of a day of rest should Sunday really be?”