Someone just alerted me to your “Your marriage is designed to kill you” (link) blog post, so I suppose at some point I’ll be replying to it on my own blog. I wanted to ask, before I do that, if you’d be willing to write a disclaimer for that post, regarding abusive situations.
To clarify, since some people actually have been killed in their marriages, and since several Christian women I know were very nearly killed or were threatened with death multiple times (by husbands who also claimed to be Christians), Continue reading “My letter to the man who said your marriage is designed to kill you”
addressing the false teaching of “daily dying to self,” part 4
Part 1 (link) introduces how detrimental this concept can be in the context of an abusive marriage, and gives my husband Tim a platform to speak. Part 2 (link) addresses Scriptures such as “I die daily,” “deny yourself,” and “take up your cross.” Part 3 (link) addresses the Scriptures that talk about “mortification” and spiritual “dying.”
The Christian life is about finding “rest from works” in the spiritual realm
Jesus promised that those that came to Him would find rest for their weary souls. He accomplished the work in the spiritual realm, so that we wouldn’t have to. Our part is to trust Him in His finished work. But . . .
In contrast, the “daily dying to self” teaching is a work (in opposition to faith) that Christians are told they’re supposed to accomplish in the spiritual realm, in order to further our life in Christ.
But it’s impossible. Have you observed that it’s impossible in your own experience? Have you felt Continue reading “Dear Christian, find your life in Jesus Christ”
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”
We’re in the middle of moving.
We had to find a new house (half the size of our current one). We’ve been figuring out how to downsize and fit into a much smaller space (a very good challenge, but a challenge nonetheless). We’ve been getting our current house ready to sell (I’ve tended not to notice too much when things needed fixing or painting, but I know someone else will). Bustle, hustle. Hustle, bustle. Continue reading “Ephemeral and everlasting”
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When a young friend of mine became discouraged about the smallness of her love for God, I asked her, “Before you were saved, how much did it bother you that you didn’t love God?” Continue reading “What does it mean to be spiritually dead and alive?”