SolitaryRoad.com

Website owner:  James Miller


[ Home ] [ Up ] [ Info ] [ Mail ]

Christianity is simple --- not complicated


   One doesn't have to be a theologian to be a Christian.  One 
   doesn't have to go around with his head chock-full of captious, 
   subtle theological doctrine on salvation to be saved.  One may 
   simply live by such simple philosophies as "fear God and eschew 
   evil" or "fear God and do right".  One need not worry about or 
   know about the theological mechanics by which his salvation is 
   effected, whether he is saved by virtue of his faith or his 
   works, for example.  Evangelicals fall into a snare by making 
   everything too complicated.  Christianity is simple not 
   complicated.  There is great advantage in simplicity --- in 
   living by simple philosophies.  Simplicity gives strength.  
   Complexity confuses and weakens.  The evangelical has to be a 
   theologian, a student of the Bible to be a Christian.  There is 
   something wrong with evangelical doctrine on salvation.  It is 
   too subtle, complicated and difficult.  The evangelicals spend 
   all their time and energy defending it to their own minds as 
   well as to others.  They wouldn't have to do this if it were 
   simple and right.  Their doctrines on "eternal security", 
   "salvation by faith only", etc. just don't fit with experience 
   and common sense.  That is why they have to keep justifying 
   them and defending them.  Not only are the doctrines subtle and 
   captious but there is an intellectual problem with them and 
   they, deep down in their heart, know it.  Underneath there is 
   an element of falseness and deep down in their heart they know 
   it.  They become all tangled up and confused in their own 
   sophistical ideas and arguments.  To say eternal life is yours 
   if you just "accept it";  salvation is a gift, you just "accept 
   it";  that it is all just a matter of believing and if you 
   "believe" that is all there is to it;  to say this is all just 
   simple self-deception and intellectual dishonesty.  There is an 
   element of self-deception, dishonesty and sophistry in these 
   ideas.  And they, down deep in their hearts, know it. 

   Nov 1977




More from SolitaryRoad.com:

On Self-sufficient Country Living, Homesteading

Principles for Living Life

Topically Arranged Proverbs, Precepts, Quotations. Common Sayings. Poor Richard's Almanac.

America has lost her way

The really big sins

Theory on the Formation of Character

Moral Perversion

You are what you eat

People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest

Cause of Character Traits --- According to Aristotle

These things go together

Television

We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet

Avoiding problems and trouble in life

Role of habit in formation of character

The True Christian

What is true Christianity?

Personal attributes of the true Christian

What determines a person's character?

Love of God and love of virtue are closely united

Walking a solitary road

Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits

Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.

On responding to wrongs

Real Christian Faith

The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way

Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related

Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another

My views on Christianity in America

The most important thing in life is understanding

Sizing up people

We are all examples --- for good or for bad

Television --- spiritual poison

The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"

Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?

Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.

Self-imposed discipline and regimentation

Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies

Self-discipline

Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life

We are our habits

What creates moral character?


[ Home ] [ Up ] [ Info ] [ Mail ]