Beating Ourselves Up

Here is an excerpt from Pastor Scott Gamels BLOG I go to on occassion( http://fiercegrace.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/beating-ourselves-up/) :

What’s sad is that some Christians tend to wear their self-administered beat downs like a badge of honor, and put them on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and into children’s ministry curriculum to try to recruit more followers to their system of works.

It’s safe to say that almost every Christian I know would declare that they are saved by grace – that there was nothing they could do to save themselves, or to earn their salvation. Yet many of them will turn around and try to live by works – as if the thing that could never save them will actually keep them saved.

And that’s the Christian version of self-flagellation…

We are saved by grace, and we live through Jesus’ life in us. “Christ in us” is our hope of glory, not our ability to do good or be good.

Below is the excerpt showing self flagellation that one religion engages in. Its not so different from the softer versions of this in Christianity.

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6 thoughts on “Beating Ourselves Up

  1. theoldadam

    I like how you said it is not so different from the “softer versions of this in Christianity.”

    We don’t beat ourselves with chains but we do beat ourselves with expectations and ladders to climb.

    In the end, it is not trusting all that Christ has done, and taking upon ourselves the job of purification.

    It’s just religion.

  2. theoldadam

    I like how you said it is not so different from the “softer versions of this in Christianity.”

    We don’t beat ourselves with chains but we do beat ourselves with expectations and ladders to climb.

    In the end, it is not trusting all that Christ has done, and taking upon ourselves the job of purification.

    It’s just religion.

  3. jimfromohio

    God wants our hearts more than He wants us to follow rules. The new creature in Spirit within us as for example Jesus. Not like the religious Pharisees to a group of dishwashers who clean the outside of a cup while leaving the inside dirty.

    I have learned to a humbled Christian because I am a forgiven sinner with flaws. God uses humbled Christians than hypocrites. Charles Elliot said it nicely, “Hypocrites we are: but we are on the way to liberation even from our own hypocrisy”. James 1:26 says, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”

    I like what Paul said in Galatians 6:3 “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

  4. jimfromohio

    God wants our hearts more than He wants us to follow rules. The new creature in Spirit within us as for example Jesus. Not like the religious Pharisees to a group of dishwashers who clean the outside of a cup while leaving the inside dirty.

    I have learned to a humbled Christian because I am a forgiven sinner with flaws. God uses humbled Christians than hypocrites. Charles Elliot said it nicely, “Hypocrites we are: but we are on the way to liberation even from our own hypocrisy”. James 1:26 says, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”

    I like what Paul said in Galatians 6:3 “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

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