Monthly Archives: May 2007

Fallen Preachers and Professional Help

“Professional help” is the cure most often suggested when someone has been involved in a moral failure. In other words, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the word of God is for the little daily challenges, but in a serious dilemma professional help is the answer. I don’t for a moment minimize the common sense one can gain from professional counseling. Human wisdom is not to be despised, but it is not a cure for sin. The apostle Paul reveals that the cause of sin is a lack of grace. Laws, rules and reliance on self make us prone to sin, while grace causes us to reign over temptations. (Romans 5:17) Sin doesn’t have dominion over us when grace is abounding. (Romans 6:19)

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Legalism Looks Unbeatable

If the current Christian scene were a football game, I’d say we are in the fourth quarter and if you look at the scoreboard legalism has an insurmountable lead over grace. This has been an ongoing battle for 2000 years; the legalism of the Pharisees vs. the unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor of God presented by Jesus. There is a line between those who uphold the traditions of men based on merits versus Jesus the friend and transformer of sinners. The Council in Jerusalem (Acts 15) dealt with this ongoing conflict where certain “Judaizers” wanted to lay more “burdens” on the new believers. That time the truth prevailed, and it was agreed that we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. In Antioch, the same battle continued as Paul had to publicly rebuke Simon Peter and his spiritual mentor Barnabus because they were slipping into legalism instead of standing by the message of Christ alone and grace alone (Galatians 2).

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