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Holiness in Body

June 29, 2010

Chapter 11.  Holiness in Body.  Jerry Bridges just keeps the fire on.  To pursue holiness means that we pursue it in our bodies and war against the physical impulses that lead to sin, i.e., laziness, gluttony, self-indulgence, etc.  I think Bridges’ quote of Susanna Wesley sums up the chapter quite well: “Whatever increases the strength and authority of the body over the mind, that thing is sin to you.”  Being undisciplined in the physical life leads to being undisciplined in the spiritual life.  Perhaps this is why Paul writes in 1 Co. 9 that he keeps his body under subjection.

I wonder if evangelicals tend to view an undisciplined physical life as a weakness instead of sin because we don’t want to appear legalistic or  be accused of works-based religion.  In reality, it proves that our convictions never get imbedded in our hearts or flow into the vein of our lives.

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  1. Stephen Peairson permalink
    June 29, 2010 7:53 am

    And yet, we must remain cautious not to fall into the heresy of Gnosticism or the sin of vanity as we consider the value of the body and the mind in balance… Let’s be careful not to fall into the subtle legalism that equates the slim athleticism of the outside of the cup with a strong spirituality on the inside…

    – S.

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