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The Faith List and the Curse of the Christian Religion

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Have you ever heard of the faith list?  I bet you have.

It looks like this:

Faith                 Opinion

Then the teacher will put what he/she believes to be matters of faith and what he/she believes to be matters of opinion.  The matters of opinion (if the teacher allows for any) are those things that the teacher believes a Christian shouldn’t argue with other Christians about.  The faith column is for the things the teacher considers non-negotiable.  Christians we label as “conservative” have a long “faith” column and those we label as “liberal” have a long “opinion” column.

Both are missing something.

We are not saved because we have our faith list right, we are saved because Christ died to take away our sin and we have put our faith in Him.  He alone saves!!!  No list of orthodox doctrines can define a person’s faith in Christ and there is no reason to try.

In Galatians, Paul tells us that those who try to find justification in the Law are under a curse.  I recently asked a preacher what the “curse” was:  he didn’t know for sure but I’m pretty sure I do. 

Trying to earn justification by right belief and right practice and by my works was the greatest curse that I have ever been under.  It is not a curse God placed on me, it is one I placed on myself by not accepting the grace that God freely offered.


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  1. Hello. For me, the curse that Paul refers to is this: relying on your own ability instead of Jesus. That’s not faith. Faith is denying our “self” and relying on Jesus alone. Faith is believing in what Jesus clearly told us: if we truly believe, then we are already saved; there is no condemnation. If we rely on works, then what we are doing is denying Jesus, not our “self.” The curse is eternal damnation.

    E.D. Jones

    May 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

  2. Amen

    Exactly what I was trying to say. I was afraid that post might be confusing because I wrote it very early in the morning. Thank you for commenting.


    May 22, 2009 at 5:35 am

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