Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Opus 2012-115, Filthy Rags Are Better Than None

In Christian circles there are two references that keep coming up when we talk about living moral lives and what God expects.  The first is from the Old Testament,
(Isaiah 64:6 KJV)  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
The second is Paul in the New Testament, quoting the Old Testament.
(Romans 3:10 KJV)  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
These are glorious proof texts that are used to emphasize that we are dirty, rotten, no-good sinners and can do nothing right.  The implication is that since we all deserve hell, God is free to send us all there.  I can live with that.  The extension is what I have a problem with.  Some people extend this to say that only the elect, after the cross, have any hope because we are covered with the righteousness of Christ.  This would rule out any of the Old Testament saints and anyone in your circle of friends that felt they had trusted in Christ and were not one of the chosen.

The Bible refers to many people as if they were righteous.  In reality, none of the people picked would have thought of themselves as righteous.  They would have been doing a lot of repenting and mea culpa, browbeating and sackcloth and ashes.  They would be totally unaware that they were behaving as God would have them behave.

Remember John 3:16?  It does not say,
“For God so loved some of the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever He had already chosen and forced to believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”
For those who have forgotten it goes like this:
(John 3:16 KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Someone once said, “God don’t make no junk.”  I tend to think He doesn’t make filthy rags either.

Have a righteous day.

homo unius libri


  1. A lot of Christians are just seeking someone to look down on, so they'll feel better about themselves. Thankfully, God is a whole lot more forgiving than most Christians.

    1. I shudder to think of how hopeless we would be if God were not so patient with us. The first quality listed for love in I Corinthians 13:4 is patience.

      Good reminder.

      Grace and peace.


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