Sunday Sermonette

Sanctification is the opposite of conformity.

There is a danger we face when we turn our backs on legalism: it’s the temptation to to lean on grace so hard that we eventually become indistinguishable from the world in which we live.

Our freedom in Christ should never be used as an excuse to be conformed to the world; it should release us to be different.

“I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” John 17:15-17 (HCSB)



Filed under Christian Living, Christian Maturity, Christianity, grace, legalism

11 responses to “Sunday Sermonette

  1. Hmmm, I’m actually going to disagree. That is a common worry within faith,that we will be so consumed by grace we will forget all the rules. Honestly,I’ve met way too few people actually consumed by grace,and those I have seen are far more interested in seeking the Lord’s favor than the legalists are. We seek His favor by keeping His laws.

    The real problem seems to come from those who keep His laws but could really care less about His grace or His favor. The prodigal son comes to mind,the younger son gets it, he understands grace, but the older son, he’s kind of self justified, he thinks he’s earned his own inheritance by working in the fields.

    • You may have misunderstood the intent of my post. I was not trying to say that grace, even too much (if that is possible) is bad. All I was trying to say was that there are some who use grace as a crutch on which to prop their worldly, unholy living, and it is to those people I’m referring. I would also say that there are plenty of believers who forget that we have a distinct calling to be holy, therefore they may find themselves gradually conforming instead of being sanctified, set apart.

      I am not advocating any particular standards, only that we might be more conscious of the fact that we are not to use grace as a license to sin, but to become more and more like Christ.

      • I guess I still want to see the people who allegedly use grace as a license to sin? I hear that quite often, so you are not alone in saying it, I’ve just never seen grace do that in an actual person.

      • 1 Peter 2:16 (KJV) As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

        Galatians 5:13 (KJV)
        For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

        I think the abuse of alcohol is a good example. We are, in my opinion, free to consume, but how we exercise that freedom can say a lot about our desires to be different from the world. How we dress when going to the beach could be another easy example. So many examples could apply, but it’s clear from the above verses that it does happen.

  2. Nice to see you used the HCSB. I like that version.

  3. Subculture versus counterculture.

  4. When I left a Oneness Pentecostal legalistic cult this year, I earnestly prayed to the Lord that my pendulum would not swing yo an opposite and equally dangerous extreme, complete liberalism.

    What is liberalism to me, having been a legalist for so long? The rubber band affect. I’ve been locked up from things so long that I would just launch into all things unwholesome for the single reason that I had not had them.

    To answer the question about who are the people that abuse Grace, Paul taught that we are free to do whatever that is not a stumbling block to others. If, in our grace, we do and behave in ways that would cause others to see our Faith in action and be turned away from it, we are abusing grace. The same is true to the legalist.

    Just my 0.02. Great post and simple thought. I hope some day to learn brevity! God bless,

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