Paul's Passing Thoughts

Extending Grace?

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 6, 2017

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  1. John said, on April 6, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Susan, what I have against the likes of AA and their 12 “steps” (of whatever addiction or self-indulgent behavior), is that the “victim” is never healed, but always “recovering.” That attitude leaves the door wide open to simply carry on with whatever the “addiction” may be (porn, watching strippers, spousal abuse, alcohol abuse, drugs, smoking, overeating, putting away those lattes, whatever). Like the Protestant’s cheap “grace”, as you’ve probably experienced at the impious TGC conference, it is just a wheel that turns and turns and gets nowhere.

    I don’t recommend AA in any shape of form; to me, it’s akin to the unbiblical ACBC model of “biblical” counseling. There’s never true healing, and this black cloud of guilt is over one’s head wherever you turn.

    To quote slightly out of context, when Jesus set us free, He set us free indeed. We are not “recovering” sinners (AKA Calvinists and their antiBiblical progressive justification nonsense. Am I going to make it or not? What if this? What if that? What if the candle falls and the curtains burn?), and so we have no excuse to give in to the weaknesses that surround us. The victory is there; done, dusted, in the trophy cabinet. No, I’m not claiming this and that. When Jesus healed, He healed; the healed picked up their beds, left their addictions/actions behind. At once. There was no follow-up; no “let’s make you feel guilty all over again” meeting…so that we can keep you under our thumb.

    Loved this article; it poses good questions.


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