Bill Brights Misguided Spiritual Laws

Bill Bright wrote down what he considered 4 spiritual “laws” that are still very popular, but are they theologically correct? Here they are in order-

  • God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life
  • All of us are sinful and separated from God
  • Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for sin
  • We must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord

These look great on the surface, but lets look a bit deeper at these “laws”.

  • God does love you, but he is angry at sin- he is angry at YOU for breaking his laws. If you die in your sins, you will be given justice and thrown in God’s prison, a place called Hell, for eternity. Ouch. Just a tad different from the first law.
  • God does have a plan, but you might not think it’s wonderful. Persecution, ridicule, and martyrdom has followed true Christians. Would you want to be a Christian in Iran right now? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
  • Saying that all have sinned, while true, glosses over our personal responsibility before a Holy God. Nathan the prophet didn’t say to King David, “Well, all have sinned and fallen short”, he said, “YOU ARE THE MAN! Why do you despise the commandments of God?” and David cried out to God in repentance.
  • You don’t accept Christ– You humble yourself before him, broken, contrite; crying out to him in repentance and faith.

There is a spiritual law we CAN use and that is law to the proud and grace to the humble. Use the Law of God (the 10 commandments) to bring someone to the personal knowledge of their sin, and if they are humble of heart, THEN reveal the love of God that was mirrored in the suffering death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Published in: on October 16, 2008 at 4:24 am  Leave a Comment  

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