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Summary: In times past the theologians, preachers and teachers have, and to some extent still, teach and preach the behavioral modification of the Christian and how they should live. Though this is not totally wrong, there is a problem with it in its practice. Wha

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1 Peter 1:22-25

It’s a heart thing

In times past the theologians, preachers and teachers have, and to some extent still, teach and preach the behavioral modification of the Christian and how they should live. Though this is not totally wrong, there is a problem with it in its practice. What needs to be taught is that what is needed is a heart that is right with Christ, the life style will be what God wants. God does not demand us to do any thing, He allows us to chouse what we will do and lets us receive our just deserts for our choices . God has a way of life for us and would love for us to enjoy it, but it is still our chousing to do it or not.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

Sometime ago Sydney Harris, the syndicated columnist, wrote a "fascinating piece about Anita Bryant that I would like to read to you this morning. As you know, Anita Bryant was a self-appointed crusader against gay rights a few years ago. Then she went through a divorce, and acquired a drug habit, and was hospitalized for a long time. And today, she’s not the same person she was back then.

This is what Sydney Harris wrote: He said, "Now that her world has come unstuck, and she is beginning to re-glue it, I feel free to point out that she is a better person than when she was so busy being a ’good person.’ Sometimes we have to fall from grace to know what grace really is... She sounds like a person who has lived and loved and suffered now, and not a radiantly smiling face on a candy box encased in velvet and wreathed with roses and totally insulated from the realities of life. A bad marriage almost wrecked her, but it also saved her, because she grew rather than shrank and expanded her range of sympathies rather than shrivel into self-pity.

The Lord, we are told, works in mysterious ways, and I believe it. Sometimes being dragged into the depths is the only way we glimpse a vision of the heights, being desperate and not being able to be consoled and defeated is the only way we redeem ourselves from pride and self-satisfaction. In pain, Miss Bryant is starting to be a Christian now, which she only thought she was before."

And then these words: "The visible church may have lost a militant member, but the invisible church has gained a new soul. The moral majority may be frowning, but the Eternal Majority must be rejoicing that she has put down the frosty glass of orange juice and picked up the warm chalice of charity." (Norman Neaves, "Come as You Are", February 16, 1986).

It’s a heart thing!!!

We must let go of every thing we were taught about methodology!


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