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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moralism

Albert Mohler writes:
"The moralist impulse in the church reduces the Bible to a codebook for human behavior and substitutes moral instruction for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Far too many evangelical pulpits are given over to moralistic messages rather than the preaching of the Gospel.

...Hell will be highly populated with those who were "raised right." The citizens of heaven will be those who, by the sheer grace and mercy of God, are there solely because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ."

Read the rest of the article here.

4 comments:

learningatourhouse said...

If only more people would realize this...

Amy

Mrs. Edwards said...

It is something to watch for in sermons as well as in children's Sunday School lessons. So often the "application" becomes a lesson in morality rather than a lesson in seeking God and His holiness.

Sharon said...

Although one can go too far the other way and get so focussed on preaching the gospel that the only application that is ever given is "trust in the LORD for salvation" or "thank/praise the LORD for your salvation" and nothing is ever said about living a life that is worthy of the LORD's salvation (as per Ephesians 4:1, Philippians 1:27 & Colossians 1:10-14). We must not just watch our doctrine closely, but also our lives (1Tim4).

But then, that's what I always say, isn't it? I guess the problems we see are dependent upon where the people around us stand on the faith/works spectrum. Too much of either without the other and we (hopefully!) notice the imbalance.

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

I guess it is good that you are in a context where the proper balance is in place that you feel the impulse to speak up for holiness! I also feel a burden that people are not living a life worthy of the Lord's salvation, but know that simply telling them to change doesn't bring true Spirit-led change--especially in children. Perhaps it is different in Australia, but my generation grew up mostly hearing moralistic teaching in church, with gospel invitations given. (In other words, churches that would firmly argue that we are saved by grace, but teach and preach in such a way that the gospel is assumed rather than proclaimed.) Somehow the two need to be integrated so that it is well understood that righteousness is not attainable without Christ and we must go to the cross before we can ever make practical applications of the Word.

Hopefully you read the full article, by the way. I pulled out these two quotes for emphasis, but the full article mentioned the need to teach children (and adults) what is right and wrong.

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