Monday, April 19, 2010

Gal 1:6 ¶ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

from the Blue Letter Bible

These verses make me fear for the Christian homeschooling movement. I wonder... Is this what we do when we take lifestyle systems and promise good success from the system rather than the gospel of Christ? When we read parenting books that promise wonderful, well behaved kids, when we promise homeschooling will produce a godly generation, the certain courtship models will insure a godly marriage, with no (or a least minimal) bumps and bruises, when we promise classical education will create clear, deliberate thinkers....

Are we judging each other according to another gospel when we feel a little smug toward someone else who is doing things differently? When we besmirch character over things that aren't sinful, but simply don't conform to our idea of what is prudent? Or we think because they aren't doing things our way their children will surely grow up... well, at least not as well as they could have...

Or are these things wisdom and counsel that are good warnings to receive and I'm just over thinking things at 4 in the morning and with insomnia.

Maybe both.

Lord have mercy on us though, if we are preaching another gospel.


  1. Well I do think you hit the nail on the head girl! Its no stretch to apply this across the board!
    Your early morning wake up times seem to putting out some great fodder here. Sleep less more often! LOL

  2. I've been thinking the last couple of days about this post. You're so right. I think that as Christians, we want to find a way to live in this world and insulate ourselves from it. That if we live for God - properly - we will not suffer from the ravages of sin. God does keep us from a lot of heartache, but at the same time, He also takes us through pain to refine us. Striving for perfection is exhausting and at the end of the day, we need to throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus and let Him take our imperfections and faults, knowing that His grace is perfected in those things we are weak in. We can't make our lives so perfect, our children so angelic, that we have no need of God's grace. That kind of mindset quickly turns into legalism and a Pharisee-ical attitude which does no one any good.