“Christianity is Not First About Our Getting Better”

Tullian Tchividjian on accountability groups, false sanctification, and the Christ-focused pursuit of holiness:

Christianity is not first about our getting better, our obedience, our behavior, and our daily victory over remaining sin–as important as all these are. It’s first about Jesus! It’s about his person and subsitutionary work–his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, ascension, session, and promised return. We are justified–and sanctified–by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone. So that even now, the banner under which Christians live reads, “It is finished.” 

HT: Ben Barnard

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to “Christianity is Not First About Our Getting Better”

  1. Andrew says:

    Tullian Tchividjian’s article is excellent and a must-read. “Christian accountability” must be exposed for the human extra-biblical teaching that it is. Followers of Jesus Christ are accountable only to Jesus alone, and not to other human beings. If we continue to focus on our sins and wrongdoings, then we are rejecting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. I write more on how “Christian accountability” contradicts the Bible in my post “Bible-based objections to ‘Christian accountability’”: http://annefleetwood.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/bible-based-objections-to-%e2%80%9cchristian-accountability%e2%80%9d/

    • B Treece says:

      Andrew,

      Thanks for writing in with some solid, thoughtful, biblical observations. I’ve been in a bunch of accountability groups, and I always thought the morbidly self-centered introspection was just me! But that’s why we need each other for encouragement, upbuilding, and accountability – but not the kind of accountability we usually practice.

      I love the comparison of Christian “accountability” to corporate authority and accountability! Great insight! Could it be, though, that we shouldn’t throw the baby of true Christian encouragement and deep relationship (Eph. 4:1-17, Col. 2:20, Hebrews 3:12-14) with the bathwater of accountability badly practiced? That’s where I’d land, and I find it works best in a church that’s centered on the gospel.

      Keep in touch,

      Britt
      crossonmyback

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