Hell

The average modern view of Hell is reflected in Johnathan Edwards statement “we haven’t sense enough of the evil of sin to stir up indignation enough in us against it, to balance the horror that arises from a sense of the dreadfulness of his suffering. This makes us pity the sufferer, and this raises objections against God.” Too often in our day this sort of sentiment is held by the average Christian, in fact even preachers make the most outlandish and unbiblical statements about the eternal woes of the lost. No matter how men may try to do away with Hell, it is still in existence and a grim reality that Christ Himself warned his hearers of it’s torment. We cannot explain away the revelation He gave us of the eternal punishment. He clearly spoke of the broad way where one loses his soul to the eternal punishment of everlasting fire (Matt 7:13, 16:26, 19:23 25:46, 9:43,44)

It is not always common knowledge that Christ spoke of the topic of Hell more than He did of Heaven. The most graphic detail of what the damned can expect is illustrated in the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man is tormented in Hell’s flame, not because he was rich, but because of disregard for his soul’s most significant need. He prays in agony for just a drop of water, but instead of relief his torment is increased tenfold by the sight of the beggar whom he regarded with sinful partiality. At that point it was too late for the rich man, there was nothing he could do to escape his reality.

As Christians we understand that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) and never sends a sinner to Hell. The eternal punishment of the wicked is not arbitrarily imposed by God but is the inevitable result of the free choice to become a slave to one’s sins. Having chosen the path of destruction, they are left to reap the full and dire consequences of their sin. This reality cannot be explained away with lofty words, and it does mankind a disservice if any minister of the Word attempts to do so.

If our obligation is the preaching of the Gospel, the blessings of God’s Word in good news, it is imperative that we also teach the woes of Scripture. When it comes to warning sinners to flee from the wrath to come, we do as the Apostle Paul preached to the Philippians: “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

Sexual Immorality

The seventh commandment of God’s law given to Moses states “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. At first glance it seems simple and self explanatory, but there’s far more to it than one might think. The majority of Christians would bring to mind the infidelity of a spouse and think of course, such a breach of a covenant bond and trust ought to be warned against and forbidden by God. Still, there is much more that is included in the seventh commandment.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”

Hebrews 13:4

According to the Westminster Larger Catechism the answer to the question (Q138) “What are the duties required in the seventh commandment?” goes like this: “The duties required in the seventh commandment are, chastity in body, mind, affections,[ I Thess. 4:4Job 31:1I Cor. 7:34 ] words,[ Col. 4:6 ] and behavior;[ I Peter 2:3 ] and the preservation of it in ourselves and others;[ I Cor. 7:235-36 ] watchfulness over the eyes and all the senses;[ Job 31:1 ] temperance,[ Acts 24:24 ] keeping of chaste company,[ Prov. 2:16-20 ] modesty in apparel;[ I Tim. 2:9 ] marriage by those that have not the gift of continency,[ I Cor. 7:29 ] conjugal love,[ Prov. 5:19-20 ] and cohabitation;[ I Peter 3:7 ] diligent labor in our callings;[ Prov. 31:1127-28 ] shunning all occasions of uncleanness, and resisting temptations thereunto [ Prov. 5:8Gen. 39:8-10 ]”.

As you can see there are a lot of topics that fall into the category of adultery, but for the sake of brevity I’d like to focus on the issues of sexual immorality. As Christians we are not under the dominion of sin, yet a remnant of sin remains within the converted in the form of lust. Paul talks about his own struggle with the sinful desires of the heart in Romans 7, and we too are to be intimately aware of the besetting sins of our own lusts. Sexual lust is a major topic that is not often dealt with properly. This is evident in the failures exposed in today’s congregations, so often a church leader is caught in fornication or using pornography. In our generation the temptations are everywhere, in movies, songs, clothing etc. Too easily have Christians not only succumb to the lustful temptations but in some cases they’ve celebrated it; the most notable one in our day being homosexuality.

Homosexuality is a violation of the seventh commandment and anyone who succumbs to such lust must repent and mortify the flesh against further stumbling. Those who refuse to repent, encourage it, and celebrate it are acting as enemies of God [ 1 Corinthians 6:18 ]. The same should be said of any sexually immoral sin; how long before incest or bestiality are encouraged and/or celebrated? Why do we voraciously address certain versions of sexual immorality like infidelity or pornography but ignore homosexuality, polyamory, premarital sex, etc.? We must show no partiality in this regard simply because the culture of this present world has shifted it’s view on marriage and of sexuality. We must foster a culture in the Christian community of chastity, sexual purity, and we must do so gracefully without unnecessary burdening legalism. Individually we must develop habits that will guard the heart, and as a community we must hold each other accountable with discipleship and discipline.

One of the liberating insights of the Reformation is that sex in marriage is not simply for procreation, but also for pleasure and a God-given protection against unlawful lusts. Sex belongs in marriage, a union between one man and one woman. Anything outside of that are heinous sinful crimes against God’s law. Leviticus 20:10-21 gives some of the clearest examples of such crimes: incest, bestiality, sodomy, homosexuality, etc. Some of these sins, of all others, fools who think themselves wise (to the world) are most apt to make a mockery of or reject as invalid; but God has good reason to put these down in Scripture. It is God’s will that every man should possess his vessel in sanctification and in honor [ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ].

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Genesis 2:24

Holiness is the goal of our calling and therefore we must set our sights upon what it means to be Holy according to God’s standard. He didn’t pluck us out of the wickedness of our former life to continue to pollute our minds and body with unrighteousness. Scripture tells us to live as citizens of Jerusalem, not Sodom and Gomorra. The philosophers of this world would encourage us to live according to nature, to do that which makes us feel good, and not allow any restrictions to be placed upon us in order to tame our lustful hearts. But I say that if we do not manifest ourselves as being sons and daughters of the Father who sent us in accordance with the laws that have been written on our hearts, then we have spit in His face and shown ourselves to be ungrateful children [ Ephesians 5:1 ].

The Church

Mary, Queen of Scots, asked John Knox — the only man who could make her weep — “Who shall I obey then, you or the Pope of Rome?” Knox replied, “Neither, Madame, ye shall obey God as He speaks in His Word, for the Holy Spirit is never contrarious unto Himself.”

As I write this, as a Presbyterian (PCA), I endeavor not to show too much bias towards a particular denomination. I have several Lutheran and Baptist friends that I would hate to offend, though I do enjoy picking on the latter. Regardless of your denomination, as Christians we must come to the Word with open minds about the Church, it’s roles and responsibilities for her members and the world.

Church in Greek means “that which pertains to the Lord” or “the house of the Lord”. In a Hebrew equivalent it’s a congregation, assembly, or company of followers. Whenever the word is used in Scripture, it signifies a group of specific people selected from among others for a particular purpose (especially when used in respect to Israel); but never in regards to a building.

To the Jew, church meant a theocratic society whose members were the subjects of a heavenly King. To the Gentile, church would suggest a self-governing free society. The church of the New Testament is seen, in many ways, as a theocratic democracy; that is, a society of those who are free, but who are always conscious of that freedom being bound within an obedience to God.

It was Jesus Himself that established the Church, He had to shift his apostles from thinking about a Kingdom (Israel) and instead understanding a new independent body of believers; followers of the way, as they would become known as in Rome. The Church was built upon Peter’s confession: “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Those who understood this essential truth of the deity of Christ, being the One and only way, became the first members of His Church.

A writer by the name of Joseph Angus said that we can gather information from Acts and the epistles about the character and order of the first churches. As the apostles gained converts, they taught them at regular intervals in Christ’s name, instructed them in Christian ordinances and appointed suitable ministers to feed and guard the flock (Acts 2:42; 6:1-6; 14:23; 20:7,18,28-32). The church is a divine institution and combines the advantages of every form of society into which humans have been gathered.

At this point you may be asking (hopefully) for what purpose(s) did our Lord found His church? Simply put, He united His people into a visible brotherhood for the worship of God, the ministry of His Word, and the duly ministered sacraments; for mutual edification, administration of discipline, and the advancement of His Kingdom. These are the foundational primary purposes of the Church’s creation.

To expand upon this, one church historian puts it like this: “Very early in the ministry of Jesus Christ we observe indications that He intended to found a society, based upon principles of the kingdom of God, in which the members should be held together by outward and visible ties of fellowship in addition to a common belief and the observance of certain sacraments.” That is the Church of Jesus Christ.

We may find additional purposes of the Church in the outworking of the primary. In other words, the grace we receive from God, often finds expression in the grace we give to others. Grace is wrought in us by the Holy Spirit and finds expression in our gifts (natural abilities and talents) and giving. For example, the use of our money or individual gifts for others is one of the ways grace can be expressed. The grace of God is His compassion for the unworthy and this grace is given without regard to merit. Likewise our grace in respect to giving should follow the same pattern, even to the point of giving our life for another (John 15:13). God is more concerned with our spiritual well-being than our physical possessions, and our gifts and giving leads to the means in which the primary purposes of God’s church can take place. The Lord provides, but we are His hands and feet.

The Church is a distinctively spiritual institution, existing mainly for the maintenance of spiritual worship and gathering of souls. The Devil, however, has done well in placing the world in the church by perverting it’s purposes and obligations. The Church has an obligation primarily to the Head and Founder, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church also has another obligation, nearly as important as the first, and that is the Truth of God’s Word. Lastly, it has some obligations to the world.

The Church is God’s possession, and as Christ is her Lord she is obliged to obey and honor Him above all else. In His parting words our Lord said that they (the first leaders) must teach men and women to observe all the things that He had commanded them. Therefore, the paramount obligation of the Church is to discover the commands of her Lord, obey them, and then proclaim them fearlessly, urging the world to duly observe the same. If the Church is to wield any spiritual influence among the nations, such an instruction must be followed.

If there’s one thing the Lord can hold against the modern Church in the final days is the fact that she has been derelict to her obligations regarding the Truth of God’s revealed Word. The Scriptures form the sole pillar and ground of truth, and as such been committed into the guardianship of the Church. The Church must guard the Word’s precious contents from its foes, cloaked as friends, as they would attempt to mutilate the Truth and to convince others to “accept a different gospel from the one you accepted” (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Lastly, I would address the Church’s obligations regarding the world in which she sojourns. First obligation, preach the Gospel in every part of the world so that Christ’s redemptive work might be fully known among all men. Second obligation, draw a sharp line of demarcation and live opposite of the world. In this way it’s members stand apart; in denying ungodliness or worldly lusts, they may contribute to the first. Finally, holding its members to account for personal holiness, reverence, and home-life. The rise or fall of any church depends upon its individual members. The Bible insists upon the Church to keep ourselves right — “Let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Church discipline has fallen to the wayside, and has done her no favors in fulfilling her obligations to the world.

Biblical Worldview

I awoke this morning to a Professor of Sociology and Religion with a passion for evangelicalism, neo-fascism, and racism making the claim on Twitter that you and I do not have a Biblical Worldview. His claim is that our so-called ‘biblical worldview’ is “shaped by your subculture’s interpretation of Christianity that’s shaped by whiteness, individualism, patriarchy, & capitalism.”

This is challenging topic to thrust upon Twitter and given the passions of this Professor his opinion is most likely shaped by the ever-growing Anti-American and Anti-White worldview held by the Far-Left. This subject, as presented, falls under the broader category of Christian Nationalism which was a popular discussion among Big Eva and Christian Celebrities in the days leading up to the end of the 2020 election. Christian Nationalism is a phrase used to target a specific group of Christians (conservatives, in a broad sense) using a very fringe group of individuals who blend an overzealous American Patriotism with non-demon/Baptist worship, etc. (Robert Jeffress Baptist megachurch, for example), and applying that definition to anybody who doesn’t agree with the things that individuals like this Woke Professor suggests.

No individual worldview is going to be identical to another, certainly one’s life experience can shape the way they view people and the world around them. I was raised in an atheist worldview and came to Christ at age 30, my worldview is going to be different in some ways from my wife who went to church all her life. What does it mean to have a biblical worldview, though? In the most basic sense it should mean to live one’s life attempting to fulfill the two great commandments to love God and neighbor while having a biblical foundation in understanding the world around us. This in comparison to a humanistic worldview which would derive one’s understanding primarily by the human experience.

To live a Biblical worldview is to abide by a superior set of standards, to be an example that is pleasing to God, by following His will as it is revealed in Scripture. The moral concepts from the prophets, Christ, and the Apostles are superior to the tenets of moral teachers that have primarily any sort of humanistic worldview. In the Old Testament, morals and worship are inextricably entangled. Morality is enjoined and carried with it the token of God’s favor, and when Christ appeared He reaffirmed such teachings. Our Lord understood man’s guilty state, the toils of sin, and of the satanic forces working against man. He taught that goodness could not be lived out unless moral evil was renounced by a penitent heart.

How does that play out for the sinner at various points in his walk? How does one abide by such a worldview, is it truly shaped only the way the Professor suggests? The Bible is chock full of hints, rules and directions that cover both private and social life. The apostles teach that as a man believes, so he must behave. In other words, creed should be reflected in conduct. If God’s law is written upon our hearts, and His Spirit enlightens our conscience; there should be no contradiction between our profession of faith and practice. What we believe will influence behavior and our interactions with others and the world around us.

A Biblical Worldview is superior to everything this Professor has listed, and these categories should be subservient to Scripture. Any view of culture, individualism, society, and economics should be subject to a living out of God’s Word, not the other way around. The Professor is not wrong to think that some may be influenced by things other than Scripture, and it is those individuals who view ‘the other’ as being more authoritative than the Bible. Some may find themselves in a group or a church that puts these categories above Scripture. Those can include the fringe Christian Nationalists the left has warned you about, and you’d do well to avoid such influence. Paul says in the second chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians that he wishes to make a show of no other knowledge except Christ and Him crucified. We should strive to be like Paul in our lives as we interact with these various categories and grow in sanctification.

Divine Inspiration

Christianity is a religion of a Book, the Holy Word of God. The starting point of any discussion about God, about Christ Himself, should begin with this Divine Revelation. Deny that the Bible is what it says it is, inerrant and infallible, and you’ve given away your foundation for Truth. Deny that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and you are left without any ultimate standard or authority to rest upon.

The modern tendency is to doubt the inspiration of the Bible, and declare that it is no more inspired than any other outstanding works of literature. For Christians and Bible scholars to believe such a claim is a grave mistake. The divine testimony of the Bible itself states that every part of it is inspired by God. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Any book may claim to be inspired, but the Bible has form of language which has “the breath of inspiration” giving it the element of infallibility, and distinguishing the Scriptures from all other human writings. Without the procession of the Holy Ghost, it is just another work of literature.

The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is in it’s entirety the Word of God. A broken sword is of no use to a warrior, and a mutilated Bible would likewise be utterly worthless. Of course, it must be understood that Christians regard the original documents as being divinely inspired as they came from the hands of the various authors throughout several generations. Some minor mistakes have been made in copies, transcriptions, and translations over the centuries. However it is the work of much reverent criticism to seek, by careful examination and comparison of all existing documents, any errors found and to attempt to restore them to their original purity. This subject is far too great (and tedious) to address here in great detail, but suffice it to say that we may be confident in our English translations (ESV, NASB, KJV to be precise).

As Christian’s, we believe that the Bible is God’s final revelation to man. God has given no new or further revelation since John penned the book of Revelation. God’s complete will for man and for the ages to come are unfolded within the text. If any should appear, as some have, with a claim that they have received a new revelation or contra-Biblical teachings, they should be cast out as an imposter. All that the sinner shall ever need and anticipate can be found in the Bible. Though not all things are plain, we must follow the text to know the Lord and learn how we should live. God is always causing fresh truths to break forth from His Word by the Spirit, but nothing is to be added or taken away. See Revelation 22:18.

We can fully understand why the ungodly find nothing to instruct them in the Scriptures, and discard them as “a strange thing.” (Hosea 8:12) They are spiritually blind, and therefore cannot behold the beauty of even the most readily understandable verses of the Bible. How appalling is it to realize that a great magnitude of professing Christians treat the difficult verses, the ones that strike our sinful hearts, with the same contempt!? Rather than accepting the difficult truth, or returning to it for careful examination, they cast it out of their Bible completely. I believe this can be directly related to a few things: a blatant disregard for the sins admonished in Scripture, a disbelief in the supernatural elements of Scripture, and an unwillingness to recognize that in the Bible, in it’s entirety, has revealed God’s sovereign and divine plan for all of humanity.

The American Church

The American church in the 21st century is rife with many problems; morally, theologically, etc. Although I am no church historian or even a lifelong Christian I have seen, in just a few short years, the downward spiral that seems all too familiar with issues of the past. It seems almost cyclical, like the stories in Judges, where God’s people tend to fall away from His teachings, His commands, and His desires for how we should live. The invisible church of God shall never perish, but it is the visible church in America that I write about and pray for today.

If you look across the mainstream denominations and/or para-church organizations in America you’ll see that it is absolutely bent on placing people at the center, or the core, of all matters concerning the Christian life. Christianity has become a “self-help” guide to a better and more prosperous life, while ridiculing and attempting to shed the fundamentalism of previous generations. Granted our forefathers, having the same imperfect sin-riddled disposition as all of us, have made devastating errors in their efforts to react biblically to given situations and in turn have left many hurt, ashamed, and/or disenfranchised about the church.

With the continued rise of victim advocacy in modern culture there are many amplified and celebrated voices who oppose the fundamental systems of thought or fundamental groups that have directly or indirectly caused or allowed people harm. There are many modern churches, denominations, and Christian groups in America, in an effort to seek justice or increase membership etc., that appeal to those who have been victimized and appeal to the modern liberal view of Christian morality. There are many preachers and teachers who could fall into this category; such as Adam Stanley, Tim Keller, Rachel Hollis, T.D. Jakes, Steven Furtick, Paul White, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tony Evans, Joyce Meyer, John Pavlovitz, Jonathan Merritt, etc. (the list is endless). These individuals tend to swing against fundamentalist/conservative views and teach polar opposite, often unbiblical, ideologies.

While some of these ideas, such as the views concerning sexuality, are relatively new the appeal of man-centered teaching is nothing new at all. The traditional orthodoxy of the Puritans may have once dominated the Christian worldview during the early settling of the New World, but it was quickly replaced with deism, pantheism, and arminianism due to the rise of the “common man”. The Reformed Christian worldview of the early settlers was replaced with what was most compatible with the ‘American Dream’. Many scholars of those days attempted to replace God’s sovereignty and authority with a humanistic “social contract”, making men responsible to men rather than to God. With the rise in reliance of human reason to discover the truth, one’s own happiness became the focus rather than the glorification and enjoyment of God.

Out of this period in American history many ideas arose (a resurgence in most cases) of Universalism, Eternal Subordination of Christ, and a denial of: the deity of Christ, the Trinity and repentance. What had become the focus of Christianity was merely the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus and a salvation that was based on works. The individual had become the ultimate authority and judge of what was true or false/right or wrong, the “Human Experience” became the authoritative doctrine of truth, instead of the Bible. Does any of this sound familiar in today’s modern views and where we’re headed?

This downward spiral inevitably led to the Great Awakening(s) where great men like Jonathan Edwards attempted to swing the pendulum towards Orthodoxy. While a great many were pulled back during these periods, the damage of liberalism had already been done. One of the most well-known preachers of the 2nd GA, Charles Finney, was a major proponent of liberal Christianity. He denied such things as Original Sin and Substitutionary Atonement. He was also an advocate for Christian Perfectionism; the idea that men can become sinless in this life. His preaching style and “crisis conversions” drastically changed the methods of evangelicalism in America. Because of his incredible oratory abilities and his work concerning social issues of his day, his influence on modern Christianity is still evident today.

So we have in our day the current swing of the pendulum towards liberalism as we attempt to correct the errors within the church. Just as in the past, it has become commonplace for individuals to use experience, along with the heavy influence of culture in the information age, as the lens in which we view the world over and above Scripture. We have these shared similarities of the past, such as the deconstructionist attitude toward traditional orthodoxy, but in many cases we’re creating and addressing new problems as we push mankind’s progression forward towards “perfection” in this life. While it is good and proper that we address the failings of the present and past, we must do so by the authority of God’s Word, not by mankind’s flawed sense of right/wrong in a modern cultural setting.

I believe that in our day we have some of the most biblically illiterate people of any generation (excluding those who hadn’t received it, or it was withheld from them). What is common among the modern American Christian, in my opinion, is that what most understand to be the truth about God and man is what they are taught in their mainstream church and they go to that particular church for entirely the wrong reasons. What is being fed to the Body is not of spirit and truth, but the same feel-good self-centered works-based humanistic garbage of the past. We have modern day sermons that focus on elevating the externals, the material, and the perishable, while skipping over the hard and much needed truths. We have books and articles that focus on addressing the modern “Human Experience”, while ignoring what God says about such things.

People are demanding ‘feel good’ worship services that are both entertaining and non-confrontational. The mainstream church, with its focus on success, gives them what they want and these churches seem to be flourishing. Messages about sin, damnation, apostasy, wrath, and Hell are not so popular and often are not preached out of fear of losing potential growth. To take it a step further, some are even preaching social and cultural agendas that would have traditionally been considered unbiblical or even unheard of from the pulpit. This routine of catering to cultural norms and/or sin is not only dangerous, but it breeds ignorant groups of people whose theme is “Judge not the sinner or the sin and do what feels right!”.

If we understand who we are and who God is we know that we deserve nothing less than death. We understand that our only hope is in Him and the work finished at the Cross. As Christians we do our best to love God and neighbor, seeking holiness but understanding there are no perfect people and there is no perfect justice in this life. God has used fallen nature and fallen men to grow His church, infallible as we might be. We aim to fix what can and do what’s right by God’s standards while we’re here, but we realize that the root cause of our failures is not eradicated until death. But while we still draw breath we must mourn the loss of loved ones, sympathize with those who suffer, and praise God for giving us such hope in a broken world. We must restore the American church to the glorification and enjoyment of God, to give people a joy that doesn’t come at the cost of truth. May God bring another Great Awakening, and bold men to lead us towards Orthodoxy once again.

Religion

What exactly is religion? It can be defined as an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to the supernatural. You could say that religion is simply good advice on how to live a life in order to gain the favor of a deity. Most religions have a set of religious standards, traditions, and practices that a believer has to follow in order to connect to their god. These religions are based on what you have to do in order to be ‘saved’. I used to think that all religions were the same and for most of my life I denied any particular belief system. Christianity, as I’ve come to understand it, is based on what has already been done because no man can achieve perfection which a holy God would demand. Though the believer strives to live holy and righteous, this is not the focus of the Christian faith. “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

In religious practices one is working to prove themselves, to a god and to others that they would be considered good people. If we do something unselfish for someone for the sake of ourselves, isn’t that still selfish? If someone is ‘perfect’ for a time, but then makes a mistake what then? How can an individual ever become worthy of any favor on their own merit? We can’t, according to God’s Word this is impossible! Christians who understand the doctrine of Original Sin hold that people are not inherently ‘good’ (in the sense of righteousness towards God) from the moment of birth, and the only ‘good’ within people is Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit. This is another distinction Christianity has among other world religions. Other religions are based on ‘if I perform and obey, then I am accepted’, Christians, however, are accepted despite performance. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

Though we may admit that we are not good, and totally unworthy of God’s grace, we should not continue to live a life of sin and evil. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17) With this knowledge of our salvation, let us not become so arrogant that we lose sight of what God has commanded. With Jesus we do not need to be perfectly righteous, only perfectly in need of Him and to love God and our brothers. There is no standard, tradition or practice that can substitute for this. You need only admit that you can’t do it alone and you need God’s help. When Jesus said “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” in Luke 5:32, he meant those who humbly admit to needing Him. We must strive to live our life like Christ; not for ourselves, but for His glory in all that we do. I pray that others would come to this understanding.