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Editor’s Pick: The Folly of “Do Not, Touch Not” Righteousness


For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

The Apostle Paul is known for his strong stance on morality for Christians, even as he is known to wrestle against the legalism of the Jews (Gal 3).  He taught that Believers are free from the Law of Moses (which he also called the Law of Sin and Death (Rom 8:2)), but emphasized that we are now slaves of Christ (to imitate Him in righteousness).  He walked a thin line between GRACE and TRUTH, speaking much about our liberty and our chains (1 Cor 7:22).

There is a danger for anyone who walks this thin line of Grace and Truth to slip over to one side on an issue they feel strong about, and to the other on an issue they are weak about, so that they are more gracious to themselves and more judgmental of others.  In the wake of liberty, error came into the Church by those who used their liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Gal 5:13).  We see that Paul had to chastise the Corinthians strongly for sins of fornication.  Perhaps they thought that since they were no longer bound to the Jewish Law, anything goes.  Paul had to set them straight.

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  1. Good Morning, lovely article. I suppose on the part of the person doing the correcting (or pointing out others wrongs) whether they are doing if from a place of love and genuine care in the salvation of the one they are correcting, or whether they are doing it out of the flesh or for an ulterior motive. It is as you say, it is delicate situation. Only God and the person can tell their motive.

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    • Thanks for commenting Alfred. There’s definitely a place for correction, but it’s easier for us to judge than to show grace, so we have to strive towards being more gracious to others, and more critical of ourselves, instead of the other way round 🙂

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      • I would think they are both important. If there is no correction, there would be no improvement wouldn’t you think? You could pray for people to change or do the right thing but that would have to go hand to hand with prayer. Perhaps, I should point out that correcting or admonishing is for the Believer not the Unbeliever. A Christian shouldn’t waste his time telling a non-Christian how to live as a Christian. No one can expect a cat to live like a dog. The Non-Christian would have to become a Christian first. I just taught I should point out that all correcting is in-house within the body. If we don’t correct that member of the body could end up in Hell. We must correct but it must be done out of love & with wisdom. Jesus, Paul, Peter, and everyone else (even the Prophets in the Old Testament) corrected a lot. I hope I haven’t spoken out of term. I think we are more on the same page than on different pages. I think you just worry I’m leaning towards correcting too much. I’m not. I’m just 50/50 between Grace & Admonishing (or Correcting).

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      • “A Christian shouldn’t waste his time telling a non-Christian how to live as a Christian” Brilliant! That’s one of the things I’ve come to know, and it’s liberating. The quote I used also communicates the same point. Doing right without being right with God is not righteousness

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      • You’re so right. I’ll have to start following your blog. I feel it would be of great benefit for me to do so. And I really love that line of yours, “Doing right without being right with God is not righteousness.” That’s a line I would never forget. Hope, you don’t mind if I post a blog with that title sometime.

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