Rules of Christianity

Rules of Christianity; there are actually fewer than you think.

Rules of Christianity are not oppressive.  The rules of Christianity are to love Jesus and love people which brings freedom to enjoy life.Some Christians wrongly believe that Christianity is about following rules. For example, in 1927 Claude C. Hopkins wrote an inspiring book about his career in advertising. However, it was sad for me to read that during his childhood his mother held a view of Christianity that dictated a bunch of rules he had to follow. On Sundays he wasn’t allowed to read anything but the bible. He was taught that dancing, cards and the theater were sinful. He eventually lost all respect for his mother’s religion and never gained it back.

Christianity is not a bunch of rules that need to be followed. This misconception in theology is referred to as “salvation by works”. It’s the notion that a person must earn their way into heaven by doing good and following all the rules of Christianity. In this vain effort to try to earn their salvation they inevitably establish a bunch of rules. Things like dancing, card playing, theater, movies, music, television, skirts, shorts, jewelry, and wearing makeup suddenly become something sinful.

Instead of teaching endless rules to live by, Mrs Hopkins should have taught her son to Love Jesus. When we learn to Love the Lord, we allow Him to guide us through the do’s and don’ts of life. And it’s because of our love for Him that we enjoy doing or not doing.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Salvation is through faith. Our good works are the natural expression of that faith. If you want to know what you should or should not do, ask Jesus and He, through the power of His Holy Spirit and His written word, will teach you what He wants you to do and what He wants you not to do.

The rules of Christianity are to love God and enjoy life

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