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...That other voice, which says, "you know faith just isn't enough." Trusting in Christ alone, it's just not enough. After all, how are you behaving?
And I'm so uncertain and insecure... that I have to do something to give myself some assurance that I'm at least trying to compensate for myself.
That's the trap, you see. And that's what these other preachers were saying to the Galations...
You've got to demonstrate faithfulness in specific deeds and actions. Faith alone is not enough. Confidence and trust in what God has said about me is replaced by how I feel about myself and how I measure my own performance.
Now this is epidemic, and it always has been, in the church...
Are you sure you're living a christian life the way you should? I mean your salvation's at stake here. Are you sure that you're living a godly life in every way you ought to be, in what you think and what you say and what you do? Are you sure?
Well I don't know, maybe I'm not. Let me start looking inside myself ... And there you go. You see, you've taken your eyes off of Christ, and now the focus is on me, and my performance ... And Paul got wind of this ... and ohh boy... Paul opens up the shot-gun, loads both barrels, and blasts away at them.
- Pastor Mark Anderson