Someone will bring up a theological subject such as
what the Bible means when it speaks of election.
Generally that leads to people discussing what Calvin
said versus what Wesley said about it.
Why not discuss what the Bible says about it? Yep,
you don‚Äôt have to decide which box to jump into.
The box is the problem. This is true for several
1. Once in the box people tend to stop searching the
scriptures on a subject
2. People actually think that to even consider
anything outside the box is wrong
3. Believers tend to demonize people in the other
4. Once firmly in the box people tend to interpret
all scripture in relation to the box itself.
5. For many, the ‚Äúbox‚ÄĚ becomes the first place they
look, rather than the scriptures themselves.
There are smaller boxes as well, Pentecostal,
non-pentecoastal, Charismatic, non-charismatic, and
all manner of eschatological distinctions.
Legalism is not safe, it is sin.
And that because of false brethren unawares brought
in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which
we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us
into bondage: Galatians 2:4 KJV
Bring them into bondage to what? The law. I guess
they thought legalism was safe‚Ä¶.. Church leaders
often hold control through the politics of fear. Laws
are easy to make, and hard to get rid of.
‚Äúholiness‚ÄĚ becomes unholy when it is the reduced to
the dictates of man and not the power of God to
change lives. When we believe we can transform lives
with rules and regulations.
Ultimately this is about whether or not we believe
God changes lives. It is about whether we believe in
the power of His Holy Spirit in the life of His