28 April 2017

This 'n' That

I've been thinking a lot lately about grace. And law. Grace and law and the required balance between the two. A gospel without grace is no gospel at all (Acts 20:24). And without a proper presentation of the law, we cannot understand our need for the gospel of grace (Romans 3:20). Both are necessary. Both are good. Both are true.

Unfortunately, both are not always presented rightly.

On one hand, we have the antinomian mindset: "Let us sin so that grace may abound!" May it never be. Grace without law leads to lawlessness.

On the other hand, we have the legalistic mindset: "Do this. Think that. Feel this way." May it never be. Law without grace cannot save.

With these thoughts, I've been pondering the subtleties of legalism and how it can creep in, unnoticed, until it has slowly but deftly suffocated its unwitting victims.

Such error leads to spiritual stagnation and spiritual depression. It is just as dangerous as antinomianism, perhaps even more so. Satan would love nothing more than to render the saints impotent, after all, too busy wallowing in their own sin and failure to measure up to be of any service to Christ's kingdom.

Anyway, those are just a few things I've been thinking about. I've also been thinking about something else very important: it is Friday, and you know what that means! Time to relax for a bit and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Sounds like there was quite a show at Benny Hinn's offices this week.
  • I hadn't heard anything about this, but I simply cannot comprehend why anybody would think that producing such a horrific show would be a good idea.
  • Great thoughts on our weakness and God's strength.
  • Well, Cedarville University is certainly blazing their own trail with this move.
  • Last week, I shared an article about abusive churches and noted that "spiritual abuse exists in all corners of Christianity, even those that are straight-laced." I think this article is even more eye-opening than the one I shared last Friday.
  • I don't know anything about this, but if I were in the area, I would want to attend.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (or maybe it's a weekly dose of fantastic). Thanks to reader Mike for this one!
  • I'm interested in reading this book. Looks like it's another one to add to my wishlist!
  • This wolf got off too easy, but at least it's something.
  • Sigh. Just because you call yourself a bishop doesn't mean you are one.
  • Hmm. I'll say this, science and scientific advancements are always fascinating, even if I'm not quite sure how I feel about them.
  • So...um...nobody is actually surprised by this, are they?
  • I'm always edified by Jerry Wragg's teaching. Here he speaks about identifying your place in the Body:

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