Thursday, January 31, 2008

Christ is principal

Vicki Gaines has noticed the problem with the idea of so-called "biblical principles":
Living by biblical principles is not what defines the Christian life. That recipe makes for a rather behavior-focused life. You might even call it empty, pharisaical, performance-based living.

Christ is our LIFE. We aren't supposed to imitate Him. Neither can we draw life from principles, as good as they might be. Instead, we rely on Him to express His life through us. That, my friend, is what real Christianity is all about.


Blogger John Kuvakas said...

This sounds first. I guess, as in evrything else, it depends on how far you take a concept like this. Scripture clearly says, "Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.", 1 Cor 11:1. I'm not sure I see the concept of Christ "living through us" as strongly stated. We certainly should not allow ourselves to become too legalistic and Pharisaical but neither should we abandon Biblical guidelines as a measure of our progress and development in our walk of sanctification.

2:52 PM, January 31, 2008  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You make some good and valid points. There is some validity in studying what are commonly known as biblical principles, but what what resonates with me from Vicki's post is the idea that discipleship is more than a matter of mining nuggets of principles from the Bible. You're certainly right about it depending on how far one takes these concepts. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

4:43 PM, January 31, 2008  

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