I hear so many tortured (and torturing) souls quoting the Bible as to “WHAT WE MUST DO” that it is enough to make one lose their lunch.
Whether it’s comments on this blog, or preachers on the radio or t.v., or blog post on other Christian blog sites…or wherever.
Biblicism robs and destroys assurance and freedom.
“Sure the Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith, not of works lest anyone should boast, but over here in 2nd Philopians 7, it says that YOU MUST EXAMINE YOURSELF AND SEE IF YOU ARE REALLY SAVED OR NOT!!!!
Well, are you living on that thin margin of income and donating (TAX BREAK!) the rest to the poor? Visiting the prisoners in the jails and prisons? OF COURSE YOU ARE!!! JESUS told us to do as much… so if you aren’t doing it, and doing it with a pure heart with no begrudgement, then YOU HAVE FAILED the test. Maybe you really aren’t a Christian after all. Maybe you are nothing but a self-deluded backslider, who talks a good game, but really only “sacrifices” for the neighbor when it is convenient and won’t put too much of a dent into the pile that you are amassing for yourself and your own family.
Are you a Biblicist? Do you like to throw Scripture verses around to fit into your neat and tidy view of the Christian life and your own sanctification project, and to lord it over others who are not quite as “good” as you are?