>If you’ve not been involved in Bible Quiz Fellowship Bible quizzing, this may not make a whole lot of sense…but all quizzers/coaches/table officials/quiz parents will chuckle loudly! This was part of the 2010 Regional Quiz tournament hosted by Teens For Christ North West outside Seattle, Wa that I had the privilege of speaking at a couple weeks ago:
>Great re-post from ED STETZER
How to Become a Legalist:
1. Make rules outside the Bible.
2. Push yourself to try and keep your rules.
3. Castigate yourself when you don’t keep your rules.
4. Become proud when you do keep your rules.
5. Appoint yourself as judge over other people.
6. Get angry with people who break your rules or have different rules.
7. “Beat” the losers.
In interview with Howard Hendricks, Chuck Swindoll defined the legalism problem as:
…when we get into areas that are not set forth in Scripture, either in precept or even in principle. These may be such things as length of hair, tattoos and other body piercings, skirts or pants for women, makeup or no makeup. Those are not scriptural issues. Sometimes these issues are cultural, and you do have to address them when you are in that particular culture. But I think legalism begins when you do or refrain from doing what I want you to do or not do because it’s on my list and it’s something that I am uncomfortable with.
Then, Chuck gives his blunt advice:
The problem with legalists is that not enough people have confronted them and told them to get lost. Those are strong words, but I don’t mess with legalism anymore. I’m 72 years old; what have I got to lose? Seriously, I used to kowtow to legalists, but they’re dangerous. They are grace-killers. They’ll drive off every new Christian you bring to church. They are enemies of the faith. Other than that, I don’t have any opinion!
So, if I am trying to force my personal list of no-no’s on you and make you feel guilty if you don’t join me, then I’m out of line and I need to be told that.
I really can’t express the joy Jane and I experienced as our pastor, Johnny Williams, baptized our son Jacob on Resurrection Sunday. I’ve known Johnny since 1978; Jane has known him since 1981…and he is a precious brother-in-Christ.
I think back to when Johnny and I and several others were room-mates during the Kansas City Youth For Christ days and grin…who woulda thunk? Oh, yeah, God woulda thunk…and I’m grateful for this man of God being my shepherd as well as my buddy.
And the stories I could tell you…(photo by Faith Williams; Johnny and Pam’s daughter)
>My to-do list is too long to remain caught up in the Piper/Warren stuff. (If you’ve missed my posts on this, or have no idea to what I refer, CLICK HERE and then CLICK HERE.
As someone who was converted at age 26 shortly after being confronted with the claims of Christ through reading a book that I later realized had a lot of whacky stuff in it; as one who reads widely and recognizes that no doctrinal system, no preacher/teacher, no “school of thought” is infallible, though much can be gained through the filter of the Spirit of God and His Word…I end my attention, at least in print, to this matter with the following passage (and, to be clear, not “accusing” either Piper or Warren of fitting into this passage; but the point of the passage clarifies, for me, the issue):
“Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, bu tothers from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice” (Philippians 1.15-28)
Excuse me, I’m going to hop on my exercise bike, read more of The Trellis and the Vine and rejoice!