January 12, 2012

Spiritual Breathing?

This is a superb article on "Spiritual Breathing" and other techniques and disciplines used to further one's sanctification. All these Lectio Divina and 'silence' and sitting silently to let God speak to you fall into this category. As I was reading it I could not help but exclaim aloud every few minutes, "this is just so good!" and read another truth packed line to my husband. It touches on the difference between a Theology of Glory vs a Theology of the Cross, as well, though he doesn't actually use either phrase. It does seem to be exactly what he is describing.

It is from a Lutheran perspective but if you aren't Lutheran don't let that stop you. It is primarily Reformational. And at the very least it will help you understand those annoyingly uninhibited Lutherans you run into have this habit of complaining "that's law!" when you exhort them to 'walk worthy' and behave themselves.

From Arrowhead to Augsburg: Bill Bright in the Light of the Lutheran Confessions
"Sanctification (or the "Spirit-filled life") is not a process whereby the sinner peers into his spiritual navel and concludes that he's "improving" since he is committing fewer sins and feels more zealous for God. Such an approach always leads to hypocrisy ("I am better than Christian Slob 'X'") or despair ("Oh no, look at glowing Christian 'Y' and her obedient life"). Sanctification is recognizing sin daily in your own life and letting it drive you to Christ rather than to spiritual aerobics. A victorious Christian life which does not take one back to the Cross in regular repentance is not a Christian life at all, it is deceit at the most insidious level (1 John 1:8). It is only when our sins confront us regularly through the law that they force us to the Cross where God declares us forgiven for Christ's sake and imputes His Son's alien righteousness to us based on Christ's merit. "
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