There is a dangerous error which concerns the traditions of discipline practiced within popular Christianity and within many other religions of the world.
This teaching promotes a false basis for how we approach and commune with God. And for how we may please God.
All that we have spoken of in this site is based upon the foundation of Christ’s sufficiency.
Our salvation depends entirely upon His completed and totally-sufficient work on the cross.
Which is what distinguishes the true gospel from the countless counterfeit gospels that exist in the world. Making faith in Christ alone, by faith alone, by grace alone the separating distinctives from every false gospel.
But that is only the beginning of the matter.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
This is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the Christian life.
Because it is usually taught as some self-imposed pain or burden that the Christian is to put upon himself. Or some regimen of duty and responsibility we must undertake to follow the Lord.
Instead, this is about a growing understanding that a Christian must learn about himself and his relation to sin. It is all about what the Lord has already accomplished for him.
The basic unspoken concern of most Christian believers is whether they are in proper fellowship with the Lord at any given moment.
By fellowship, we don’t mean “two fellows in a ship”, as Bob George often said. And by that, he was trying to help believers understand the truth about their relationship to Christ versus the common misunderstanding about “fellowship” with God that we get from incorrect teachings within the church.
The question that needs to be asked of all Christians is, “How do we know, at any given point, that we are OK with God?”
We are not talking about “salvation” here. That is presumed to be a settled issue for anyone who calls himself a Christian.
We are talking about having “peace with God” on a moment-by-moment basis.
So, what is the answer?
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)
Once we know the Lord as our Savior, we must understand that God is not in the Re-hab business.
God makes men New. He doesn’t try to make “the old man” better. He makes an entirely new man.
Unfortunately, the watching world may not always see clear evidence of that change in our lives. Because we are too often distracted with trying to fix up our “old nature”.
Not realizing that it is impossible to do so.
The worst problem we face as believers is self confidence.
Talk about a direct conflict of principles between the world and the Bible!
The world teaches us the opposite of that. To have self esteem. To have self confidence. To love ourselves. And to push ourselves forward as much as possible.