The following is an adult Sunday School lesson based out of James 1:2-18 that I taught at my church, Lake Drive Baptist Church, in Milwaukee, WI on July 8th, 2012.
The Christian’s Gospel witness is his or her call to spread the good news that Christ died to save sinners and that all who turn from their evil ways to faith in Christ will be made right with God and saved from His wrath.
Now, many Christians throughout America are currently practicing various techniques that improve their ability to effectively lose their Gospel witness. But in order to help more Christians in this endeavor, I have decided to promote the awareness of these impeccable methods so that more and more Christians might begin employing them into their own lives. The following is a helpful list of various ways in which you too can successfully lose your Gospel witness.
You know you’re a legalist if you place more focus on externals than internals, if you give specific applications (personal standards) the weight of biblical principles, if you’re judgmental of and view yourself as more spiritual than those who have different convictions than you, if you substitute rules or standards for Christian maturity (having rules tell you what to do rather than making spiritually mature-based decisions), if you make rules to be the third person of the Trinity rather than the Holy Spirit (aka, you believe in works sanctification), or if your believe God’s favor on your and your spirituality is based on your performance rather than grace.
You know you’re an antinomianist if you claim victory over death and hell but don’t care at all about victory over sin, if you redefine “Christian liberty” to mean you can live whatever way you want, if to you sin only means something that God forgives, if you have life by the Spirit yet you do not live in the Spirit, if you desire saving grace apart from sanctifying grace, if you prefer easy believism over repentant faith and living with Christ as your Lord, or if you make the Gospel a portioned influence in your life rather than the description of your life.
You know you’re a hypocrite if you judge others harshly but never inspect your own life, if you don’t practice what you preach, if you don’t preach what you practice, or if you have high external standards but low internal ones.
You know you’re an unglorified saint if you struggle with these.
* Originally posted on former blog, I’m Calling Us Out.