Reflections Along the Jesus Way

November 21, 2023 – Quote for the Day:

“Isn’t it ironic that legalism threatens humans with hell if they don’t measure up and perform, but in reality the hell it threatens is the hell it produces in the lives of its slaves?  Many live wretched lives in the hellish swamps of legalism, trapped by an obsession with good deeds they attempt to produce, threatened with continuing and intensified hell in the afterlife. Apart from Christ we cannot be freed.  I know, for I have been to religious hell and by God’s grace returned to tell you this story.

I know many ‘good’ and sincere people, many of them dear friends, who are deceived by the premise that what they are doing is making God happy.  They absolutely believe that what they do has some impact on their salvation, and that in the end God will reward them for the unique and sometimes bizarre things they do and believe. These people are absolutely convinced that their beliefs and behaviors distinguish them as God’s one and only, true, special people. They believe that in the end God will be obligated to reward them because they have earned it, fair and square.”

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