I appreciate the way Pink has helped me see all sorts of little areas of application that I’d never seen before, here and in each other commandment. He takes time to pull out the implications, both positively and negatively. The Christian calling is much higher than to abstain from a set list of external actions. In any given circumstance we can ask ourselves, “Does this thought or action, when sown into my life, reap purity or tend to sin?”
God said to, “love Me and keep My commandments.” God has never asked for or wanted merely external obedience to His will absent of our loving Him. Jesus said it like this, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” A formal profession of following God, while not desiring Him with the heart, is not obedience. Love and obedience are not mutually exclusive, they go hand-in-hand.Read more "Highlights: The Ten Commandments Part 1"
There is a big problem with claiming the name of Christ, but not obeying Him. Though it reflects badly on us as well, it’s ultimately God’s reputation that suffers. Paul, after some probing questions asking if the Jews fully lived up to what they themselves taught, said the problem culminates in this: For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.Read more "Whatever Is Commendable"