Felicitous greetings and salutations,
Reformer’s Unanimous is a faith-based addictions program dedicated to helping those bound by the shackles of sin to find liberty through Christ. They have assisted me greatly in the time that I have spent in their program and in the study of their materials. They have shown great wisdom in their understanding of the problems that beset us in our struggles in the process of sanctification. One of the bits of wisdom that Steve Currington, its founder and president, has propagated is the Ten Principles of RU. These ten principles are founded in Scripture, and are true and helpful to every Christian who is wanting to find Christ’s victory over sin in his life. Therefore, I am expounding these ten principles in a series of posts spread out over this month. This is the first.
IF GOD’S AGAINST IT, SO AM I!
This is a principle so obvious as to be self-evident. But it is only so to those who actually understand who God is, and who we are. This is evident in the spiral of degradation outlined in Romans one.
Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
This is the first step of a long series of rebellions and consequent acts of God giving us up unto one level of degradation, perversion, and sin after another. When we refuse to acknowledge God’s rightful place in our lives, we become proud and plunge into vice after vice. This is the root of all sin and transgression: pride. And at the root of pride is the idea of refusing to give God the throne in our lives and hearts.
What we need to do is acknowledge that God really did make us, and really does therefore own us, and also knows absolutely everything about us. He knows exactly what is best for us. He is also all loving, so He will seek as much as He can to help us yield to that best good. Anything less than absolute submission on our parts is tantamount to high treason and arrogance on a grand scale.
Realize that we cannot outsmart God. We cannot plan anything or do anything better than He has.
Therefore, we need to dedicate ourselves to discovering and discerning what He really wants for us, not giving heed to false teachers who would turn us away from His plan. All too often people improperly read the Bible, inserting false assumptions into the text and then drawing out what they wanted to hear.
This is sometimes done deliberately, but that is not how most of the fallacious false doctrines of this world have come about, in my belief. Most of the time it is well-intentioned, albeit foolhardy and unskilled men and women who did not think long enough about what they decided to believe.
Seek to find out what the Bible is truly saying. Then seek to follow exactly that without compromise and without regret. Nothing else is more important than those two things.
Joyfully resting in Christ,