[anzac] MORALIZING or CHRIST?

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 16:47:37 -0600
NOTE:  I have often wondered whether the public have come to view
we conservative Christians more as "morals" crusaders, rather than 
people who represent the simple Gospel of Jesus. The writer below
had some pretty provocative things to say about this.


MORALIZING or CHRIST?
-by Michael Rew

[See Luke 16: 13-15;  18: 18-43;  19: 1-10]

I wondered why America has a hard time experiencing revival. I came 
to a partial conclusion: the love of money. The Scriptures I cited 
above outline what I believe is a basic blueprint of the love of money 
in our country and in the American churches. 

Many American Christians are pushing traditional values, morality, 
and the Ten Commandments instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
I once read or heard that a journalist interviewed quite a number of 
Christian conservatives for a documentary. They talked about laws 
and social reform, bans on this and that, but only one of them 
came out and asked the journalist if any of these Christians had 
shown him what the Gospel really meant. No one had.

Holding up the Ten Commandments is not a bad idea. The law is 
our teacher to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3: 24), but I have 
sensed that many morality movements overly emphasize keeping 
the law, not coming to Christ.
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QUESTIONS:  Can 'morals' save?  Should we be renowned as
people of the "law" or people of the gospel? Is it right for the
Christians to be viewed as allies of 'Big Business' and capitalism
when, after all, Jesus came as a poor man preaching to the poor?

While not advocating a kind of 'socialism' here, can you tell me, 
are any of these things right?

God bless you all.