These rules struck a sensitivity with me, probably because of my legalistic church background.
When I was in my mid-thirties, I realized that something did not square with what I was understanding about faith being what pleased God, not all the rules I was obeying. I had to ‘take out’ of my thinking everything I believed about God, and figuratively ‘lay it aside’ so I could analyze each ‘piece’ individually. I prayerfully dissected each ‘piece’ and put back into my thinking and actions what I believed was God’s instructions and discarded all the rest. That activity was a launching pad for a new understanding of God and increased productivity in my relationship with Jesus Christ.
These four rules are guidelines if you need to do the same:
- Does the rule serve God’s purpose?
- Does the rule reveal God’s character?
- Does the rule help people get into God’s family or keep them out?
- Does the rule have biblical roots that can be supported in the context of all scripture?
Good rules pass all tests!
If your convictions don’t allow you to help certain people, your convictions may not be in tune with God’s Word!
The ‘rules’ are from Biblical Notes in the Chronological Bible