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”
One of the most memorable Peanuts comic strips to me in my childhood ran roughly like this:
Linus was complaining about how Lucy always harassed him.
Charlie Brown: Next time, get her to define her terms.
Lucy (later, to Linus): You’re fat! Continue reading “Sin? Holiness? Legalism? Hypocrisy? Defining terms”
The book of Romans . . . I printed it out so that I could highlight sections and color code words and draw arrows and fill the margins with question marks and write cross references and draw pictures of stick figures . . . When I was studying through it, then—asking the Lord to make the book fresh to me, to strip away preconceived notions of what everything “had to mean,” and show me what it really meant-—it was then that many important Christian Life truths throughout the book began to crystallize. And I began to understand that Paul was refuting the concept of Living by the List. And he was describing three . . . no, it was four . . . reactions to it. This was immensely important to me, because I grew up Living by the List. Continue reading “It’s HARD Living by the List”
No, all sins are not equal.
Corollary: Some sins are worse than others. Our entire justice system is built on this concept.
But Christians have been conditioned to think that it’s false. Continue reading “Are all sins really equal?”