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Over the years I have written several "book" or "booklets" and many, many, many newsletter and bulletin articles. Because the book market seeks writings to meet specific needs at specific times, my material has never been accepted. I have a tendency to write what is on my mind and so I am left with self publishing. So, with the encouragement from my wife and others, I am beginning this blog in order to put my "ramblings" "out there"! I hope you enjoy!

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Please note that while my intentions are to use good grammar, because of the way in which some of the material presented here is presented (orally) the grammar and syntax might not always be the best English. Also note that good theology is not always presented in the best English so there may be times when the proper grammar rules are purposely broken.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

7 “Christian” Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible by Jonathan Fisk

This is the fifth and last in a series of articles expounding on the quotes from the book 7 “Christian” Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible, by Jonathan Fisk. As you read the quotes, honestly think about the answers to the following questions: Does this “belief” remind you of anything (denomination, preacher, philosophy) in our world today? Have you ever had this “belief”?

“The Ever-Lie: The belief that you find God. The counterfeit ‘Christian’ rule behind all other counterfeit ‘Christian’ rules, then, is nothing more than worship of yourself.” The Christian faith is not about you, it is about Jesus, the cross and the tomb. Yet, care must be taken when we examine our faith so that when we become aware of Jesus’ true love for us, we do not think it was something in us, which then focuses us back on ourselves.

We hear this stated many times and often we even say it ourselves, such statements as, “Well I did not reject Jesus,” as if we had some part in “accepting” Him. We have a difficult time expressing our faith without pointing to ourselves, because our whole society and world always focus our attention on ourselves. We are taught from early on that we need to make right decisions, right choices and so forth. It seems difficult to be able to express the Christian faith, one’s own faith, keeping faithful to our doctrine of justification, yet as always we get confused and we confuse others when we point to ourselves. We get it right when we are pointed back to the sure and certain source of salvation, the very Word of God.

How do we express our faith, pointing to Jesus and not confusing the doctrine of justification? By pointing to Jesus. I am saved because Jesus lived, died and rose for me. I am saved because Jesus wrote His name on me at my baptism. I am saved because Jesus gives me faith, forgiveness and eternal life. I am saved because Jesus does it all for me and gives it all to me.

“The only true Christian Rule: The Truth - Because your salvation is not dependent on you, but has all been done by Jesus and credited to you as righteousness, you will never ever land on the wrong side of God’s justice.” Thus, as always we get it right when we are pointed back to the sure and certain source of salvation, the very Word of God.

Our response of faith is to give thanks to Jesus. Our response of faith is to have an urgent and eager desire to be where the means of grace are so that we might be given even more of the gifts the Lord has to give. Our response of faith, worked in and through us by the power of the Holy Spirit is to live in our vocations serving God by serving others, to the praise and glory of His Holy Name.

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