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June 26, 2014

The Triple Trap

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“HOW SELF-DECEIVED WE HUMANS ARE when it comes to matters religious. So many things that start off as incentives to repentance and godliness develop into vicious idols. What starts as an aid to holiness ends up as the triple trap of legalism, self-righteousness, and superstition. So it was with the bronze snake in the wilderness. Although it was ordered and used by God (Num. 21:4-9), it became such a religious nonsense in later times that Hezekiah destroyed it (2 Kings 18:4).

So it sometimes is with other forms of religious observance or spiritual discipline. One may with fine purpose and good reason start “journaling” as a discipline that breeds honesty and self-examination, but it can easily slide into the triple trap: in your mind you so establish journaling as the clearest evidence of personal growth and loyalty to Christ that you look down your nose at those who do not commit themselves to the same discipline, and pat yourself on the back every day that you maintain the practice (legalism); you begin to think that only the most mature saints keep spiritual journals, so you qualify—and you know quite a few who do not (self-righteousness); (c) you begin to think that there is something in the act itself, or in the paper, or in the writing, that is a necessary means of grace, a special channel of divine pleasure or truth (superstition). That is the time to throw away your journal.”

For The Love of God by D A Carsen


June 21, 2014

Part 4 Legalism from Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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Some more favorite quotes:

“We’ve coined words like radical, crazy, missional, gospel-centered, revolutionary, organic, and a host of other buzzwords to let everyone know that our tribe is far more biblical, committed, and pleasing to the Lord than the deluded masses who fail to match up.”

“the moment my personal application of the implications of Scripture becomes the lens through which I judge others, something has gone terribly wrong.”

“Once the Holy Spirit places a clear call on our life to do something (or not do it), it’s hard for most of us to fathom why everyone else didn’t get the same memo.”

“But no matter how strong my personal convictions may be, at the end of the day, my own application of the text is just that—my own application. To turn it into anything else undercuts freedom in Christ. It arrogantly usurps the authority of the Holy Spirit.”

“in the kingdom of God, mercy trumps sacrifice. Always.”


June 15, 2014

Favorite Quotes on Exclusivity from Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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“In reality, as we saw earlier, if I’d read my Bible a little more carefully, I would have found that Jesus did offer something I had never considered worthy of a Christ follower. He offered rest, a light burden, and an easy yoke to those who were weary and heavily burdened.”

“If we want to reach out to sinners like Jesus did, then our list of approved sinners will also have to include the carnal, cultural, and consumer Christians who populate our pews.”

“our attitude toward people who struggle and even ignore what they already know needs to be aligned with the compassion and ministry of Jesus rather than the disdain, disgust, and exclusivity of the Pharisees.”

“The truth is that Jesus didn’t come to raise the bar. He didn’t come to weed out the losers. He came to turn losers, laggards, and enemies into full-on sons and daughters of God.”

June 14, 2014

Some Favorite Quotes from Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith by Larry Osborne

“being right will become more important than being kind, gracious, or loving. Thinning the herd will become more important than expanding the kingdom. Unity will take a back seat to uniformity.”

“My kids’ T-ball teams taught me how powerful our innate urge to compare is and how quickly we categorize people as winners or losers, based on the flimsiest of reasons.”

“God would rather have us struggling with porn than with pride. Now, that got their attention!”

“I try to regularly ask myself if there is any group of people or Christians for whom I am developing a knee-jerk response of disgust, disdain, or aversion. If the answer is yes, it’s an early warning sign that I’m headed down the path of arrogance.”

“So here’s a question you might want to ask yourself: “Do I have my own ‘thank God I’m not like them’ list? And if so, who’s on it?””

“PRIDE’S UNHOLY TRINITY Log-Eye Disease, Self-Deception, and Comparison”

“the more we know, the more we’re tempted to look down on people who don’t know what we know.”

“We forget that pride and a lack of love nullifies our knowledge, even if it’s a full and complete understanding of all the mysteries in the Bible.”

“The more time and energy I spent trying to answer the unanswerable, seeking to solve every biblical paradox, and digging into complex theological systems that claimed to explain everything that God didn’t explicitly spell out in his Word, the more I missed what God was trying to tell me. And the more I became prideful instead of godly.”

“God gives us both the will and the power to obey. That’s why obedience is not above and beyond the call of duty. It is the call of duty. It doesn’t turn us into the spiritual equivalent of a Navy SEAL. It’s the natural byproduct of loving Jesus. It’s the very definition of being a follower.”

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