The Pursuit of Holiness

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Well good afternoon everybody. This is Dick Staub, your host and fellow seeker. You know, 25 years ago our next guest wrote a simple little book on a timeless subject that, in fact, has stood the test of time and is perhaps more timely than ever. I’m referring to Jerry Bridges. He’s an author, a teacher, and a member of The Navigators’ staff. And the book that we’re going to be discussing is a reintroduction, 25th anniversary edition of his book, The Pursuit of Holiness.

Q. And Jerry, it’s wonderful to have you with us.
A. Thank you, Dick, it’s good to be with you.

Q. When you think back ¢€œ and if you’re like me you’re getting older so memory is not quite what it used to be ¢€œ but when you wrote this book 25 years ago, what drew you to the subject and what was it about the timeliness of it then that was so compelling to you?
A. Actually Dick, the beginning of the book goes back to the beginning of 1952 when I just first came into contact with The Navigators’ organization. And the leader of our Bible study said one night, “The Bible was not given just to increase your knowledge, but to guide your conduct.” And as obvious as that statement may sound to you and me today, it was a brand new thought to me because I had grown up in an environment where the Bible was just basically factual, just information. I knew how many times the children of Israel had walked around the Walls of Jericho, and all of that good stuff. And so I prayed a simple prayer that My God, starting tonight, would you use the Bible to guide my conduct. And it was in 1976 that I started writing this book. And the book represents all of the twists and turns that my life had taken and what I had learned from study of the scripture on this subject of obedience to God in those intervening years.

Q. When you define holiness ¢€œ just so people know what the working definition is that is in this book ¢€œ what is the best definition that you have come up with of holiness?
A. I would define holiness as conformity to the character of God. And of course that character of God is revealed to us in the Bible. That is all of the moral and ethical commandments of scripture which are an express in the will of God or simply an expression of God’s own personal character. Because he says both in Leviticus and again as is quoted by Peter in I Peter 1, “Be holy because I am holy.”

Q. You know, just recently I found my grandmother’s Bible. And she became a Christian when she was 15 years old and made a commitment to read through the Bible at least once a year. And in the inside flyleaf, by 1988 she had read the Bible through 73 times.
A. Oh my.

Q. And she had each of them dated. And she read it through twice in 1988. And then she had a little verse, a little bookmark that said what her life verse was. And her life verse was, “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. Establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea the work of our hands establish thou it.” And it’s interesting, as I started sharing that verse with my peers, and particularly with those in the younger generation, not one of them could remember ever hearing a sermon on the beauty of the Lord. And the more you start talking to, particularly the younger generation, most of them have never heard a series on the attributes of God. Now, I was raised in the Christian Missionary Alliance and I remember listening to old A.W. Tozer tapes about the knowledge of the holy. And in the old days sermons, for the most part, were about the character of God. Not to be critical, but to simply observe, would you agree with me that one of the great challenges we have in understanding and attaining holiness today is simply the fact that most people and most churches are not putting an emphasis on who God is? And without that knowledge you can’t actually even comprehend what it would mean to offend a Holy God?
A. Oh absolutely. In fact, I would say that the emphasis today in using a broad umbrella term is how to live a more successful and more fulfilling life. It has nothing to do with God.

Q. So when you think about the challenge of talking about holiness today it really starts with recapturing the essence of who God is and getting people the idea that it isn’t about us to the fact that it’s about God. As a matter of fact, you say one of the barriers to us understanding and approaching holiness is the fact that we tend to be success-oriented and self-oriented instead of God-oriented.
A. Right. Yes. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 10, that whether we drink or whatever we do, in other words, even the most mundane, routine activities of life, are all to be done to the glory of God. But most believers seldom think about that.

Q. When we look at your thesis, your basic starting point is that attaining holiness, striving for holiness, is a partnership with God. You use the illustration of the farmer planting but then relying on other forces for providing growth. What are some of the ways in which holiness is a cooperative partnership, a joint venture so to speak, between us and God?
A. The way I would put that today, Dick, is in terms of what I call the principle of dependent responsibility. By that I mean that we are 100 percent responsible for the pursuit of holiness, but at the same time we are 100 percent dependent upon the Holy Spirit to enable us in that pursuit. In other words, the pursuit of holiness is not a pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps approach to the Christian life. It’s not just try harder. But it’s going through the Bible, as your grandmother did so wonderfully. and seeing what God requires of us in the way of obedience to him and likeness to his character, and then setting ourselves to doing that, being very intentional about doing that. But at the same time recognizing that we are absolutely dependent upon the Holy Spirit to enable us. So that’s what I mean by a partnership. In other words, you take the analogy of the farmer, which I used. It’s obvious that the farmer has certain responsibilities that he must fulfill. But if he’s a Christian farmer, and particularly what I’d call a practicing Christian, he knows very well that in the final analysis, he is dependent upon God, not just for the providential circumstances of rain and weather and these things, but there’s the principle of life in that seed which he has no control over.

We’re going to pick up there when we come back. We’re visiting with Jerry Bridges. He is the author of The Pursuit of Holiness, published by NavPress and now out in its, hard to believe, 25th anniversary edition. And I think a very, very important and timely book. We’ll be right back.

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Well this is Dick Staub back with you. We’re visiting with Jerry Bridges. His book is The Pursuit of Holiness. It’s in its 25th anniversary edition and I think it’s a book everybody ought to read. And if you have kids or grandchildren and you would like them to get exposed to the kind of teaching that perhaps you were exposed to that is seldom heard these days, sadly, this would be a great opportunity. It would make a wonderful gift for them as well. Jerry Bridges is our guest. The book is The Pursuit of Holiness.

Q. Jerry, you from the outset, remind us that scripture teaches that without holiness we will not see God. Now, everybody talks about Americans are on a spiritual journey, everybody talks about the kind of the growing strength in numbers of evangelicals and so forth, but at the heart of it is the realization that if it is God that fills that God-shaped vacuum, if our hearts are restless ¢â‚¬Ëœtil they find their rest in God, there is no way that we are going to see and experience God without holiness. Is that true?
A. That’s true, yes.

Q. So what does a Christian experience if they are not striving for holiness in their life in relationship with God?
A. Well, I would say that the average Christian ¢€œ I’m going to put it this way, Dick ¢€œ the average professing Christian, that is, people who profess to be genuine believers, they may or not be, as we cannot speak to that, we cannot know the heart. But the average professing Christian has little desire for a personal relationship with God. The average Christian seems to be quite content to be regular in church attendance and avoid major sins. That’s kind of the minimum baseline for the average person. And the sad reality is that their lives are essentially no different from nice, respectable, decent unbelievers in their neighborhood.

Q. Well, you’ve been already drawing distinctions between professing Christians, practicing Christians. Dallas Willard reminded us in his book, The Divine Conspiracy, that Jesus never called anybody to be a Christian, he only called us to be disciples. I mean, at what point do we look at a Christian life and have to ask some serious questions about whether they really are a disciple of Jesus, a follower of Jesus, given the fact that Jesus really didn’t have an option to be a professing but not a practicing Christian? Or did he?
A. Well of course he said in Matthew 7 that many will say to me in that last day, Lord, haven’t we done many wonderful things? And he’s going to say to him, Depart from me, I never knew you. And I think this is a sobering fact that many people, many professing Christians, ignore ¢€œ and they ignore it at their own peril. I believe that when a person is genuinely born again and the new life of the Spirit begins to work within them, that there is going to be a desire to want to grow in the Christian life. And this desire may be only a people desire and, of course, that should be our work as ministers of the gospel is to sort of fan that people flame so that the people can grow, in fact. So I would say that a good part of the problem lies at our feet, those of us who are involved in Christian ministry, and that we have not presented to people, this is what God says, and you need to test yourself, as Paul said, Examine yourself, to see whether or not you’re in the faith.

Q. You know, you remind us in this book that holiness is the call of every believer. And somehow we’ve got it in our minds that there are these really holy, spiritual Christians and then there’s the rest of us, which is one problem. But you also remind us that holiness is hard work and it’s a life-long task. So in other words, Jerry Bridges wrote The Pursuit of Holiness 25 years ago, and is still on a path that requires diligence and vigilence in order to conform to the image of God.
A. And the reality, Dick, is that as we grow in the Christian life, the Holy Spirit continually reveals areas in our life that are defective. He reveals attitudinal sins, what I call refined sins or sins of the mind. I think again, so often times we limit our concept of sin to the more gross expressions of sin and we do not recognize our anxiety and our resentment and our unforgiving spirit and our gossip and these things for what they really are as sin. And I know just recently the Spirit of God, in his own unique way, convicted me of my lack of having a real servant’s spirit toward my wife in specific instances. And so, you know, here I am after all of these years of realizing that I still have areas that I need to grow in in my relationship with my wife.

Q. And really that’s good news. Whom the Lord loves he chastens. And if we get to the place where God isn’t speaking to us about areas of growth, then we’re in a bad place. Now, people that have committed themselves to a life of holiness understand the difficulty and the challenge. And you interact significantly with Romans chapter 6 where the Apostle Paul says, We’re dead to sin. And you introduce the idea that well, first of all, what it means to be dead to sin, but then the idea of guerilla warfare and almost ¢€œ I actually converted that into today’s language of the idea of a terrorist ¢€œ that there are continual attacks and threats on us, though we are dead to sin. What did Paul mean when he said “we are dead to sin” and why is the issue of guerilla warfare a good way of illustrating the challenge we face in trying to aspire to holiness?
A. Dick, let me begin to answer that question by saying what I do not think that the Apostle Paul meant. And I say this because I, at one time, labored under what I now consider a great misunderstanding of what Paul meant, and I think there are people today who still have this same erroneous notion. Paul is not saying that we have died to the ability of sin to tempt us. Sometimes the illustration is used that a corpse, a dead corpse does not respond. You kick a corpse and he doesn’t respond because he’s dead. And the analogy is pressed home that if you’re really dead to sin then that would mean we’re unresponsive to sin’s temptations. Obviously this is not true. And we can’t even make it true by believing it to be true. So what does Paul mean? I think he means it in two senses. First of all, we are absolutely dead to the guilt of sin. That is, the guilt of our sin has been transferred completely and once and for all to Jesus Christ. He was made sin for us, Paul says in II Corinthians 5:21. And so we have died to the guilt of sin. Secondly, it means that we have died to the dominion of sin, or the absolute reign of sin. And in this sense, sin is viewed as the kingdom in which we lived. Paul says in Colossians 1:13, that we have been transferred out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. And a person can be in the kingdom of darkness, into the kingdom of sin, and still be a respectable person in his neighborhood. But he does not live for God, he does not see sin for what it really is, as sin. And so when we come to Christ we are delivered from that absolute dominion of sin. Sin, to say it a different way, sin is dethroned, but it is not killed completely.

I’ll tell you what. We’ll pick up there when we come back. We’re visiting with Jerry Bridges, author, teacher, Nav staff, and the book we’re discussing is his classic, The Pursuit of Holiness, in its 25th anniversary edition. We’ll be back with more right after this.

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Well this is Dick Staub back with you. We’re visiting with Jerry Bridges. His book is The Pursuit of Holiness, published by NavPress. It’s in its 25th anniversary edition and it is as fresh and applicable as ever, perhaps even more so given the fallen culture in which we live, and given the, frankly, the lack of emphasis placed on living a holy life today.

Q. You were just talking about what it means to be dead to sin and that we are essentially transported out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son. And then you get into this idea of guerilla warfare and giving us an understanding of why this is not a one-time battle, it’s not an overnight perfection, but it is an ongoing struggle that involves the habits that are ingrained in our lives that have taken a lifetime to develop, the deceptive nature of our own mind, our affections and so forth. Talk about why guerilla warfare fits and what the aspects of that warfare that we need to be aware of are.
A. Well, if I can go back to the analogy of a kingdom, let’s say that sin has been dethroned. In other words, it’s no longer our absolute master, no longer completely dominates us, we now have a new master. But sin has not been obliterated, it has not been removed. When Paul refers to the flesh, or the sinful nature, he’s talking about this inclination to sin that still resides within us and that is always seeking to tempt us. James puts it like this, he says, “God cannot be tempted nor does he tempt any of us, but each of us is tempted when, by our own evil desires, we’re drawn away and enticed.” And so we have these evil desires, or this sinful nature, and that’s what fights the guerilla warfare against us. And so our responsibility is, first of all, to know what the scripture says so that we know what God’s moral will for us is. And this can only be done by continually exposing our minds to scripture in the various avenues that we have of doing that, of hearing the word preached, and reading and studying the Bible ourselves, and memorizing scripture, these kinds of things. And then being honest enough to recognize sin in our lives. I mentioned a few minutes ago that recently the Holy Spirit convicted me of a lack of a servant attitude in a particular relationship with my wife. And to be honest enough and humble enough to recognize that and to admit that it is a problem, because I cannot deal with the problem until I first of all admit that it’s there. And so this is the way¢â‚¬¦ And then having identified the problem, then begin to ask the Spirit of God to enable me, to help me to deal with that problem and to be very intentional about it. In other words, every time the situation comes up where I’ve been resentful of servanthood in the past, to say, Okay, resentful attitude is sin. I need to change my attitude. Spirit of God, would you enable me to have a Christ-like attitude in this situation?

Q. Yeah. How does one¢â‚¬¦ You know, Soren Kierkegaard wrote the classic book, Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing. And what he’s really saying is purity of heart is to will the will of the Father. And in your book you talk about holiness and the quest for holiness really, at its heart, is being able to say with complete heart-felt passion, I will always do what pleases God.
A. Yes.

Q. Now, how does one even¢â‚¬¦ How is the will to please God shaped? In other words, what is the difference between a person who’s aspiring to holiness and wills to please the Father and the person who does not will to please the Father? And how does one move from one of those willfulnesses to the other?
A. Dick, I used to, in the early stages of my Christian life, I always set the will of God in opposition to my own will, in other words, my own fleshly will. And I saw these as, you know, I always had to choose. But in recent years I have realized that my will has to be affected by what I would call a higher purpose or a higher desire. Years ago a great old Scottish preacher by the name of Thomas Chalmers preached a sermon titled “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection.” And Paul refers to this when he said, “Set your affections on things above.” And so I think that the will is redirected not by just deciding I’m going to redirect it, but by setting my affections, my desires, on Christ upon the love of God in Christ, the glory of God, the reality of eternal life, these kinds of things. And as I do that, then my will is going to be gradually moved in the direction of really wanting to do the will of God rather than doing what my flesh desires.

Q. I think what you’re saying is so timely because I think of the younger generation which essentially has willed and set their affections on things below and have found it completely unfulfilling, and yet they look within the church around them and they don’t see that alternative of the expulsive power of a new affection. And so it seems to me that, as discouraging as it might be to look around us and see a lack of passion for holiness, the reality is that once the pursuit of other things runs its course and comes up empty it seems to me that there must be a tremendous hunger right now for an alternative, and the alternative is the pursuit of new affections that you’re describing.
A. Yes. And we see this in our ministry to university students on the university campuses. There’s a hunger today, and there has been for several years, that we did not see, for example, in the ¢â‚¬Ëœ80s and the early ¢â‚¬Ëœ90s. And this is very encouraging to us that the current generation of students are seeing the bankruptcy of our self-absorbed culture. You know, you only go around once, get-all-you-can kind of a culture. And they’re seeing the bankruptcy in that and they’re looking for something beyond that.

Q. Where would you tell them to start? If a young person says, I have tried everything and I’ve come to the conclusion that it really is, the whole ballgame is God. Where do you advise them to start in their pursuit of the holiness of God and understanding the passion that they have for God?
A. Well, they need to start, of course, with the Gospel. That is, anyone who wants to come into a close relationship with God can only come through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No man comes to the Father except through me.” And so they need to have a thorough going understanding of the Gospel. In fact I have a message that I preach entitled, “What Did Jesus Do?” And I start off by referring to the often-asked question that we encourage people to ask, What would Jesus do? And though there’s certainly nothing wrong with that question, I say that in terms of priority the question that we must ask first is, What did Jesus do in terms of his sinless life and his death on the cross to pay for our sins? And then, What does that mean to me? How can I come into a right relationship with God? How can I, who am a sinful human being, come into a right relationship with a Holy God? And of course the answer is through the work of Christ. But that’s where we have to start.

We’re going to pick up there when we come back. You can spend more time with Jerry Bridges by picking up a copy of The Pursuit of Holiness, published by NavPress, in its 25th anniversary edition. And you heard me earlier mention that if you have a son or a daughter or a friend who’s in college, or even high school, particularly I think there is a tremendous hunger and a search for the alternative. And the alternative is in Jesus Christ and the pursuit of the holy. And Jerry Bridges’ work is a wonderful classic on the subject of the pursuit of holiness. We’ll be back right after this. Don’t go away.

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Well this is Dick Staub back with you. We’re visiting this afternoon with Jerry Bridges. He is an author, a teacher, a member of The Navigators’ staff, and the author of The Pursuit of Holiness, which first came out 25 years ago and has stood the test of time. And as a matter of fact, I think in part due to the hunger for a deeper understanding of how to know God and spirituality, is a book that is once again making a tremendous impact in the lives of the next generation.

Q. You talk about in Romans 6 we’re dead to sin but we’re also alive to God. And you talk about the role of the Holy Spirit and the role of the Word of God and the role of prayer in the helps that we have in the pursuit of holiness. Just expand on each of those just briefly.
A. Well first of all, Dick, in the role of the Holy Spirit, he is the one who makes us holy. In II Corinthians 3:18 Paul says that we are being transformed from one degree of glory to another into the likeness of God’s Son even by the Spirit, who is the Lord. So it is the particular role of the Holy Spirit to transform us. He is the agent of transformation. He uses his Word. He is the author of the Word, and the Word of God is his primary instrument of transformation. I would say along with that another instrument of transformation that he uses are just the circumstances of life that he allows or brings into our lives so that we have to apply the scripture in real life situations. And then prayer is simply an expression of our dependence upon God, and specifically our dependence upon the Holy Spirit to work in us. I see the Holy Spirit working in us in two ways. First of all, he works as he wills. That is, he doesn’t wait for us to ask him or these kinds of things. The technical word for this is monogistically, that is, working alone. And this is what the writer of Hebrews is getting at in Hebrews 13:21 when he says, “May he work in us that which is well pleasing in him.” The second way the Holy Spirit works is enabling us or empowering us. I like to use the analogy of an electric appliance, and particularly I use the analogy of an electric shaver. An electric shaver has a little motor in it, but that motor in itself has no power. It must be plugged into the current in the house or the hotel or wherever one is staying. And the analogy that I draw from that is that the new nature, which God has given to us at regeneration, is that motor. But the motor in itself has no power, it is dependent upon an external power source, which is the Holy Spirit. And so each day as I pray, and as I pray over needs in my own life ¢€œ and I’m talking about character needs, either areas of sin that need to be dealt with or positive character traits that I want to put on ¢€œ I’m asking the Holy Spirit to work in me, to enable me to do my part in those situations.

Q. You know, the centrality of the Word in everything that we’re talking about is critical, and it’s one of the reasons that we pray for a resurgence of the understanding of the importance of daily, disciplined devotion to the Word of God, because it’s one of the ways that we understand God’s will. If we say I will always do what pleases God, we’ve got to find out what it is that pleases. And of course, that’s revealed in his Word. And you talk about the writer of Hebrews and the importance of laying aside weights, running the race, the whole flavor of this book, The Pursuit of Holiness, is very much in the context of there are certain things that God does, but there are other things that we are absolutely responsible for, and our devotion to his Word, receptivity of the Spirit, and exercise of prayer are among them.
A. Absolutely. Yes. And so I cannot emphasize too much the importance of consistent, regular exposure of our mind, and prayerful dependent exposure of our minds, to the Word of God. I think that Proverbs 2:1-4 helps us there where the writer says to his son, “Treasure my commandments with you.” And then he talks about searching diligently and then crying out for insight. And I think this captures the two aspects of Bible study, Bible reading. We have to be diligent ourselves, but at the same time we have to cry out to the Holy Spirit for insight.

Q. You know, you’ve got a chapter in this book, “Holiness in a Non-Holy World.” And when I think back to 25 years ago and then fast-forward to today, I think it’s indisputable that the fallenness and pollutedness of our culture has in part been exported and unfortunately imported into the lives of young people through popular culture. And I think, you know, we understand that Jesus prayed that we not be taken out of the world but that we be protected from the Evil One. We understand that Jesus demonstrated that being around sinners does not mean that we cannot be holy, because he lived a perfect and holy life and spent a good deal of time with sinners. But as you think about the challenges that young people face today in an unholy world, and particularly in relationship with popular culture and the world wide web and statistics about pornography use ¢€œ particularly among young men ages 18 to 35 ¢€œ there was a recent statistic that said 70 percent of them are using pornography online at least once a month. What word do you have to the younger generation, very specific in today, about living out a holy life in an unholy world?
A. Dick, to me the key word is intentionality. We have to be very intentional about the pursuit of holiness. And that, of course, in the illustration that you’ve just given of pornography, that means being very intentional about refraining from that. I think that there are different levels of exposure to pornography. I think that there is the occasional exposure, and then all the way to what I would call the addiction. And in either case we need an accountability partner to help us in that. And there are, as you know, there are computer programs that you can get that block out, there are programs that you can get that transfer all of your web searches to somebody else so that they can see what you’ve been looking up. There are practical solutions to that, that young men ought to avail themselves of.

Q. But at the heart of it, it’s not ultimately about filters and screens and accountability to other people, there’s got to be a disciplined, intentional approach within our own heart and spirit and a cultivating of different appetites. I mean, every thing that you talk about in this book about the pursuit of holiness ultimately leads to the day-in/day-out application of what we believe is important and true and the direction of our life towards that. And I love the fact that you start with the story about, in the chapter of “Holiness is for You,” about the telephone ringing and you had had a wonderful devotional time, and by the time you got done with this arrogant, impatient, demanding man your day was “ruined.” And so the good news is when we pursue holiness we will not attain perfection in this life. Nevertheless, God is faithful. And what God calls on in our lives is obedience not perfection.
A. That’s right, yes. And let me just say, Dick, in regard to that, that illustration is very real, that was very true. But I would say today that my attitude is, my day does not have to be ruined. I can take that incident to the Gospel and see Christ bearing that sin of my resentment and so forth on the cross. And I can walk with God the remainder of the day.

Q. You know, lest we end on a note that talks about commitment and the threat of failure and so forth, put this in the context of the joy of holiness. What is the joy available to people who are pursuing holiness that really is not available to those who aren’t?
A. It is a joy of relationship, it’s a joy of knowing that I am seeking to please the Father. It’s the joy of, I would say, of expressing gratitude to God the Father and to the Lord Jesus Christ for what they’ve done for me in providing for my salvation.

Thank you very much, Jerry, for being with us this afternoon. We’ve been visiting with Jerry Bridges. He’s the author, teacher, member of the Nav staff, and the author of the book we’ve been discussing, which is The Pursuit of Holiness. It’s a classic. It’s been around for 25 years now. It’s available through NavPress. We’ll be back right after this. Don’t go away.

Quotes

“To be holy is to be morally blameless. It is to be separated from sin and, therefore, consecrated to God. The word signifies ¢â‚¬Ëœseparation to God, and the conduct befitting those so separated.'”

“Clearly then, the sinless holy life of Jesus Christ is meant to be an example for us. Consider then His statement, ¢â‚¬ËœI always do what pleases Him.’ Do we dare take that as our personal goal in life? Are we truly willing to scrutinize all our activities, all our goals and plans, and all of our impulsive actions in the light of this statement: ¢â‚¬ËœI am doing this to please God'”?

“In the words of nineteenth-century Scottish theologian John Brown, ¢â‚¬ËœHoliness does not consist in mystic speculations, enthusiastic fervours, or uncommanded austerities; it consists in thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills.'”

“As Jay Adams says, ¢â‚¬ËœWe were born sinners, but it took practice to develop our particular styles of sinning.'”

“Puritan John Owen says, ¢â‚¬ËœMortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness is the soul and substance of all false religion.'”

“Years ago a friend gave me what he called his ¢â‚¬ËœFormula: How to Know Right from Wrong.’ The formula asks four questions based on three verses in 1 Corinthians:

– ¢â‚¬Ëœ”Everything is permissible for me” ¢€œ but not everything is beneficial’ (1 Corinthians 6:12). Question 1: Is it helpful ¢€œ physically, spiritually, and mentally?

– ¢â‚¬Ëœ”Everything is permissible for me” ¢€œ but I will not be mastered by anything’ (1 Corinthians 6:12). Question 2: Does it bring me under its power?

– ¢â‚¬Ëœ”Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall” (1 Corinthians 8:13). Question 3: Does it hurt others?’

– ¢â‚¬Ëœ”So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Question 4: Does it glorify God?'”

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