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No, Christianity Should Not ‘Welcome’ or ‘Include’ Your Sinful Lifestyle

October 19th, 2015 by Bookslinger

Matt Walsh, writing at The Blaze.

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October 19th, 2015 10:55:18

October 20, 2015

“John Chrysostom said the Holy Scripture should be “engraved upon our hearts.” There are some Christians who wish to adhere to it with that level of severity. They are the minority that all churches should be bending over backwards to embrace. They are the ones who need to be included again. They are the life of the Faith in this country.”

A bridge too far. Those Christians, once they realize how far short we are all falling, should bend backwards to helping the rest.

“Shasta’s heart fainted at these words for he felt he had no strength left. And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.”

October 20, 2015

Yes, each new required sacrifice can seem to be an Abrahamic sacrifice.

Looking back at parts of my life, what I thought were Abrahamic sacrifices at the time were really sins/flaws/imperfections that I needed to give up anyway.

I think perhaps the only true sacrifice is the sacrifice of self, because everything else really isn’t ours to give.

October 20, 2015

You’re not wrong, Bookslinger.

Still. We have a way of attaching ourselves to the passing things of this world, which when we offer them back to God is an offer of a bit of ourselves. A preparatory sacrifice, so to speak.

October 21, 2015

It’s too bad more denominations don’t embrace the Mormon/Orthodox idea of theosis or progress. Growing up in my protestant denomination it seemed more like an all or nothing thing, without the perception that we should be slowly tackling greater challenges and sacrifices.

That expectation or understanding of theosis is really helpful though, because the all-or-nothing seems to lead to the conception that, to really be fair, everyone’s sins should be accepted as they are right now (otherwise it implies most everyone is going to hell).

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