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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What's Wrong With It

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

The difference between what some practice as Christianity and what the Bible teaches true Christianity is right at that point. Some look at life and say, "Everything is wrong unless you can prove from a verse of scripture that it is right." That is a negative approach to life; it clamps a prohibitive hand upon everything that is fun and says it is all either illegal, immoral or fattening.
But New Testament Christianity comes at it differently. It says everything is right: God made the earth and everything in it and everything is right except what the Word of God labels is wrong. That is an entirely different point of view, opening the whole world to exploration and discovery and enjoyment, except for a very limited part that scripture clearly labels wrong.

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Balancing truth is like walking along the top of a fence. When I was a boy I used to enjoy walking the fence in the horse lot around the barn. I could go all the way around the barn. I enjoyed doing it, but it was a very narrow path. And Jesus said that was what the Christian life would be like. He called it a "narrow way." The problem is to keep from falling off, and the interesting thing about that is you can fall off on either side. It does not make any difference---either side is equally dangerous, it is the same distance down.

Therefore, Christians ought to constantly remember that the pathway of liberty is always narrow. It is a wonderful path; it is a freeing and exhilarating walk, but it is not very wide, and you can easily fall off into one error or the other.

3 comments:

Andy said...

It is the narrow path which brings genuine peace. The wide path can only bring confusion because it causes us to lose focus of the direction we are traveling. There are just to many distractions and traps built into the wide path.

Bill Sturm said...

This is good stuff! Maybe a better question than "what is right with this?" is "How will this help?"

Is that anther way of saying what you've said?

ky preacher said...

The good thing is that when you fall off, you can always get back on.