Morality and the Gospel, by Jeff Weddle


Morality and the Gospel
Here is another excellent, insightful article from Jeff Weddle.

Excerpts:

There is a danger within Christianity to boil everything down to morals.

Moral behavior is an outflow of Spirit-directed faith, but it is by no means an operative part of Christianity. Being good does not win points with God, nor does it clean up the old man, nor does it cause salvation.

However, most “Christians” use morality as THE MAIN ISSUE. Therefore, we get hot and bothered about threats to our “Judaeo-Christian” morality.

So, according to Jesus, which is worse: someone with strange sexual proclivities (say like, a prostitute) or people who blaspheme God (scribes and Pharisees)? Matthew 23 rails on religious false teachers. There is no equivalent chapter-long diatribe against sexual perverts.

Certainly He views them both as sinners (Romans 1 is close to a diatribe against sexual perversion!), but He certainly made more of an issue over those who were leading people astray spiritually than He ever did over sexual problems.

Again, sexual perversions are sin, He did address them at times, but spiritual perversion got a bigger rise out of Jesus.

See complete article here:

https://antiitchmeditation.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/morality-and-the-gospel/

3 thoughts on “Morality and the Gospel, by Jeff Weddle

  1. Probably true that a lot of Christians boil things down to morality. I think it’s worse, they boil their goodness (and that of others) down to a political stance on particular morals. After that, it’s not essential that they live by this code (rather than guilt others to forgive them so they have little or no consequences).

  2. There’s a reason why things like abortion and homosexuality are at the top of the average Christian’s morality hit-list. They are things they can often condemn, knowing they themselves are innocent of those sins.
    There’s a reason why there’s not so much of a condemnation of things like greed, and lack of compassion (and help) for the poor.
    Those latter things have even been built into the kind of political viewpoint that many Christians are quick to support, as if those views have a laudably moral foundation.

  3. That’s true too. But, there is also something different; more than one thing. Example: my mother raised me in a very “conservative” (right wing a bit like Rand Paul) political ambiance. This included being very, very much against abortion, for instance. That is totally fine for my own personal life as far as what I did (and, thank God I had no health issues). But it’s not okay in terms of politics. In reality, women end pregnancies (as did my mother) when they are ectopic [such as in the fallopian tube(s) rather than the uterus]. My mother only recently told me this happened to her. Meanwhile, a party continues to make it harder and harder to address such matters. I will add, in Judaism, it is normal to allow medical intervention during the first few days or hours after a bad encounter (before a pregnancy has taken hold in the uterus or anywhere). Yet, a party likes laws along the lines of making people wait a few days and denying emergency rape kits.

    Besides that, there are those who have had, or pushed outright, abortions — over economics or just because or, maybe worse, because they wanted to hide their other wrongs. But they go on to shame anyone for any reason (like health reasons). And… beyond, shame, to set state law.

    Nevertheless you are correct that there are people who have not done these things but just think they should have a smug sense about themselves. But they do other things wrong.

    And it is seriously painfully true:
    Those latter things have even been built into the kind of political viewpoint that many Christians are quick to support, as if those views have a laudably moral foundation.

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