Website owner: James Miller
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
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
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-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?