Wednesday, April 11, 2012
There are people in every church, no matter what kind of church it is, who struggle with the distinction between law and gospel, who struggle with the driving place of grace in their pursuit of holiness, so it won’t do to deny that legalism looms in our churches. Legalism lurks in every heart, actually, mine and yours.Two quick comments. One is that I just don't see judgmental people as a problem in church anymore - I just don't. In the 50's, 60's and 70's sure, but now? Come on, most churches are so liberalized anymore that a bit of judgement now and then might not be a bad thing.
But this constant invoking of the judgmental “religious people” is very often a boogeyman. It’s an imagined threat, a scare tactic employed to both justify dumb exercises in license and arouse the self-satisfied mockery of self-identified “grace people.”
Wilson goes on to make a point about how we should not really do stuff out of such motivations - God calls us to purer stuff. Agreed.
But what really occurred to me when I read this was:
Rom 6:15 - What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!Grace is not served by such nonsense. Grace is not license but transformation. Such things are immature - pure and simple.
Which leaves me with the question: Does the church need immature leadership?