By Randy Thomas
cross-posted from Randy Thomas’ personal blog
Randy posted this on his personal Facebook profile:
The following question isn’t a result of any personal situation or conversation currently going on. Truly, it isn’t. That said, why do some folks find being the sin police so energizing?
The responses I got were really good. Well, a couple were a little silly but still good. I will only include the person’s initials:
AS wrote, “Self-centeredness whether it be to deny their own sinfulness or the desire to not feel alone in failure for perfection. Too much looking inward and not enough looking upward.”
MH wrote, “there is something rooted deep in the heart…
Lets Talk About the Law (Part Three) – Announcements, Notes, Podcast
Pastor Clark Whitten April 14, 2013
V. The Holy Spirit and His Fruit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
VI. The Allure of Rules
20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.
III. The Law Produces Sin
Romans 7: 5,8
5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.
8 But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.
IV. What About the Ten Commandments?
A. The example of coveting Romans 7:7-8
B. The ministry of condemnation
2 Corinthians 3:6-9
6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.7 But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory…
Good Advice and Good News
Pastor Clark Whitten February 17, 2013
New American Standard Version Used
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.
2 Timothy 2:15-18
I. The Superiority of Jesus’ Sacrifice
11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,
A. Old Covenant – Animal Sacrifice – Frequency and results
Evangelism Overhaul: Practical Grace
by Alan Chambers
Romans 2:4 (NASB) – 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
“Legalists and religionists simply do not trust in the finished work of Christ and the efficacy of His blood to produce His intended result. Therefore, they feel compelled to help Him control the behavior of His new creations. ” (Pg. 32 Pure Grace)
Saved Completely – Sermon Notes, Announcements & Handout – Pastor Clark Whitten
I. The Promise of the Scriptures.
Roman 8:38-39, John 10:27-30
Romans 8:38-39 (NASB) …
“Grace produces perpetual spiritual life and vitality and moves us toward spiritual maturity. Legalism and religion produce perpetual spiritual immaturity – the immature look for human authority figures to tell them what to do. Immature authority figures make rules that benefit themselves and/ or their institutions, while securing their power and control. It’s like leaving a 5-year old in charge of a 2-year old.”
(Pure Grace, pages 34-37)
“What is salvation? Many would say it is getting me out of earth and into Heaven, but that is not salvation. It may be one result of salvation, but it is not salvation. Salvation is not getting me out of earth and into heaven; salvation is getting God out of heaven and into me!” (Pg. 30 Pure Grace)