Give Yourself to Others …

Rules v Grace

Posted on: 2009/06/26

As a result of some conversations I’ve had recently, I’ve reached a conclusion about debates over this doctrine or that, this rule or that.

My conclusion is that the more we talk about which doctrine is right, which rule we must follow, the more we emphasize that being a disciple of Jesus is about rules and doctrine.  I’m not arguing that doctrine is irrelevant, but I am saying that Jesus emphasized something different.

And the New Testament text even chastises us saying, “why do you follow rules as if they can save you.”  In another place, Paul writes, that “everything is permissible, but not everything is useful.”  So, it’s not about rules, it’s about grace and godliness.

From where I sit, you can make rules for yourself, because you know your own heart.

But you can’t make rules for me, because you don’t know my heart.  And as the Text says, “only God can judge.”

So, I encourage you talk less about rules and talk more about how to love the way Jesus loved — after all, that was his “new command”.  And it really seems to cover everything … if I could only figure out how to do that ….

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