I’m convinced there are few lies more damaging to believers than the lie of moralism. The idea of a gospel-less pursuit of holiness places a burden upon us that none of us were meant to bear. A burden only Christ can carry. This the lie we need to put to death, one I explore in a new article for Facts & Trends:
Many of us live this way our whole lives, not realizing God has something better in mind for us. We fail to understand that our behavior isn’t the standard by which God measures us—that it isn’t the reason He loves us.
Now, it’s never a question of whether we are to obey God. As a church leader, you should encourage your flock to engage in spiritual disciplines like reading the Bible regularly, sharing the gospel, and praying consistently. These are things we should do as we grow in the faith.
But whenever we teach the Scriptures, it is crucial to stress this point: God doesn’t begin with commands. He begins by demonstrating what He has done for His people.