29 October 2007

Gospel Sanctification 6 - Objections Stated

The following is an objection I received to some of the tenents of 'Gospel Sanctification' that I've been espousing. Although I disagree with these objections they are well stated, come from a sincere brother, and represent the very issues I personally struggled with for some time. So here it is as I received it:

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Hi Shane,

I'm thankful that the Lord has given us many powerful motives
in the form of doctrinal truths (indicatives) as reasons why we should obey

However, would you agree that the Bible uses an indicative to motivate
only some imperatives? But, other imperatives are given with no motives, just
sheer duty?

Do you believe it's OK to obey God out of duty, with no conscious
motive? (No, that's not "Phariseeism" or "legalism." Christ rebuked the
Pharisees for obeying from sinful motives, not NO motives.)

Can I suggest that much if not most of our obedience is without conscious motives? Every day we obey our Lord from disciplined habits of godliness. And, you know what? That's not a sin.

Sure, I prefer to stop and think about why I should obey. But, we often don't have time to think. And, God accepts our obedience in Christ, whether from conscious motives or no motives.

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I'll give my response to these challenges over my next few posts.

Yours in Christ-


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04 October 2007

The Audiobook of a Saintly Sinner

David Brainerd (1718-1747) is most remembered through Edwards’s publication of the Life and Diary of David Brainerd. William Carey, the father of the modern missionary movement considered the work a sacred text. The diary records Brainerd’s life, spiritual disciplines, and missionary work to the Indians in the American northeast. And there are at least eight reasons that his life and diary have made such an impact. First, his life was a picture of God’s providence. All his earthly plans were shattered only to find his perfect place in God’s work for him. Second, he was passionate in his pursuit of God. It was contagious in his life and through his diary. Third, he was ardent in his desire that the Lord’s kingdom come among the heathen. Fourth, he was humble in his estimation of himself and talents. Fifth, he was zealous in his love for his people and honest about the struggle to love them. Sixth, he was faithful to his calling even in the midst of unfruitfulness. Seventh, he was triumphant in his perseverance through suffering. Eighth, he was saintly in dying.

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