Christian Pietism

Posted: May 25, 2008 in Soul Food

“If the “secret” to a higher order Christianity is based on something we discover and implement (the secret to the deeper life), then it makes sense that some Christians could achieve a higher status than others. But if salvation AND sanctification are God’s work through His grace, then we are all in the same boat, and there’s no higher order.” (Bob DeWaay from his commentary entitled “How Pietism Deceives Christians”)

  1. VB says:

    Just talking to a dear woman yesterday who’s grandson had died at the age of about 17 from diabetes. The teaching that she was receiving at her church “people die prematurely because of a lack of faith”, made her feel uneasy. Deep down inside she knew that it was not correct but felt some how “less” than the people that seemingly had not experience loss as she had. But when the leader of this church passed away at a relatively young age and unexpectedly, as sad as she was about his passing, it somehow gave her renewed hope in God, that He does not have “favorites”. That she did have faith and it was simply the appointed time for her grandson to go to heaven. The real faith is in knowing how to release your loved ones.

    It is sad to say that yes, unfortunately in some churches a sort of “Classism” is being taught. That some people were destined to be “more” than others. Thus they have more opportunity at becoming higher in God! Shame on anyone that teaches that! If people would read their Bible correctly, they would see that God mostly chose the most unlikely person to use for His Glory. We have no room for piety, to every man “has been given a measure of faith…”

    Micah 6:8 “…do justly, love mercy, walk humbly before our God…”

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