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Growing Uncomfortable

It has been 15 years now since the Lord called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. It was a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that fear gripped my soul and I knew that I could no longer sit on the fence living for myself and what made me happy. Last night I gave my testimony to a group of youth in high school urging them to not waste their life like I did mine for so much of my early life, but as I have had time to reflect I started to wonder if I am wasting mine again. Living for yourself can take on many different forms.
I have to admit that there is a part of me that just wants to be comfortable, it seems to me that life would be so easy if my only goals were to live in the nicest house possible and be financially secure. Basically, money would become your only decision maker. However, whenever these thoughts come to mind I am reminded of my friend I grew up with. One day while driving back from university my friend and I were talking about life goals. …

Holiness vs. Legalism

You shall be holy, for I am holy. ( 1 Peter 1:16) There can be little doubt that God's desire for us on this earth is to become holy. This is especially obvious when we consider that it is the Holy Spirit that indwells us and that the discipline that we endure on this earth from God our Father is to enable us to share in His holiness (Heb. 12:10). Holiness is not only something that God desire for us, but we should also desire it for ourselves so that we can see Him and that others can see Him through us (Heb. 12:14).

It is no secret that the greatest insult in evangelical circles today is the charge of legalism. The problem is that legalism is often confused with holiness, since the difference between the two comes down to hypocrisy. Unfortunately, many Christians are so afraid of being labeled legalistic that they don't strive or expect holiness from themselves or each other.

Legalism, embodied by the Pharisees at Jesus time, were hypocrites because their desire was not to p…