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Charles Swindoll lists what he calls the "four spiritual flaws":

Flaw #1: Because you are a Christian, all your problems are solved. (Please do tell non-Christian this.)

Flaw # 2: All the problems you will ever have are addressed in the Bible. (When your computer crashes, please don’t go to the Bible. Go to your computer manual or call technical support.)

Flaw #3: If you are having problems, you are unspiritual. (Remember Job was spiritual, and that was why he had all those problems.)

Flaw #4: Being exposed to sound Bible teaching automatically solves problems. (Hearing Bible teaching is not the same as obeying what the Bible teaches.)


Yet, we want to believe this false assumption, because we want one answer for all of life’s problems. Having a right relationship with Jesus Christ does not replace living wisely, managing our resources well and relating wisely with others. We still need to live responsibly, and we still contend with our sinful nature, other people’s sins and the schemes of Satan.

From Fran Van Hoven’s Sermon “Job 8”


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