Textbook: Ultimate Freedom - 92 pages
THE CENTRAL ISSUE
Legalism, random proof texts, and doctrinalism are a false religion which causes only harm and repeated failure for so-called “growing Christians.”
Trying harder to “be good” is self-righteousness, self-sanctification (holiness) and self-redemption. All of which are an insult to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Trying harder always fails.
This is what Paul calls “another gospel.”
Healthy Christian growth can only be had through an ongoing Relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 3:26-27 For you [who are born-again have been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified and] are all children of god [set apart for his purpose with full rights and privileges] through faith in Christ Jesus.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union with the Christ, the anointed] have clothed yourselves with Christ [that is, you have taken on his characteristics and values].
The Amplified Holy Bible, eBook (p. 1278). Zondervan. Kindle edition.
I Cor. 1:27-30 God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and god has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised god has chosen, the things that are not, so that he may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before god.
But by his doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from god, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “let him who boasts, boast in the lord.”
Many would consider Paul's letter to the Galatians as second only to his letter to the Romans in importance. It has been said that if you were to be stranded on a desert island with only one book from the Bible that Romans would be a very good candidate to take along as it so clearly lays down the primary principles of the Christian faith.
Some would take a Gospel, perhaps Mark or John. Others might prefer something else. At any rate, Galatians is a sort of 'little Romans' as it deals with the same primary concerns. In the end everyone has different insights to various parts of scripture and if you read enough of them you will certainly be wise in the things of God.
Most importantly, you would understand God's free grace like never before.