5/14/11 – The legalist vs. the compromiser [feel free to post to fb or forward] – Pastor Shane IdlemanMay 14th, 2011 | Posted by in Articles - (Comments Off on 5/14/11 – The legalist vs. the compromiser [feel free to post to fb or forward] – Pastor Shane Idleman)
The legalist vs. the compromiser; neither is right
The pendulum often swings when following truth (biblical principles). At one extreme is legalism. Legalists have self-righteous attitudes that rate spirituality by how well a person follows rules. This we want to avoid at all costs lest we become modern-day Pharisees.
5/7/2011 “The Danger of Idle Talk” – Pastor Shane Idleman
Part II in a series on speaking the truth in love
As noted last week, there are three primary purpose for speaking the truth in love: 1) To mature believers (Ephesians 4:15). When truth is spoken, two choices are available–to become bitter, or better; to mature, or to complain. 2) Freedom. Not only will we know the truth when we repent and belief on the only name that saves (Jesus), but we also experience freedom…freedom from condemnation, sin, guilt, and God’s Judgment. 3) To spark repentance. Galatians 6:1 adds, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness….”
A few years ago, a news report featured a famous athlete who was considering running for political office. When the news correspondent asked about abortion and gay-marriage, the potential candidate became visibly upset. He criticized Christians, and ended the interview saying, “Doesn’t the Bible say ‘judge not’; who are you to tell people what they can, and cannot do?”
4/23/2011 “If I’m Dead To Sin, Why Is It Still Alive In Me?” – Pastor Shane Idleman