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September 13, 2011

Christians in the Movie House

Are Christians not allowed to go to the movie house?

There are no biblical references with regards to this matter. Anytime I am asked questions with regards to the do’s and dont’s of Christian living and morality, I always refer them back to the gospel.

Christians tend to be legalistic in self-imposed standards.

You can’t go to the movies, you can’t eat pork, you can’t wear makeup, you can’t listen to secular music and the likes….

I grew up in a very legalistic environment. I was forced to do things not because of what Christ did for me but because I want to conform to the laws of the environment. This led me to be very legalistic and proud of my religious achievements rather than on the finish work of Christ at the cross.

You see christian growth does not happen first by behaving better but by believing better on what Christ has done for us at the cross. Become increasingly what you already are. Become practically what you are already positionally. Don’t get so caught up with a checklist of how I should behave but rather behave according to who you are in Christ.

Many of us are guilty of making this same mistake. We tend to think of the gospel as God’s program to make bad people good, not dead people alive.

Colossians 1:12-14 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified youto share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He reminds them of what they already have:

Qualified, Rescued, Brought, Redeemed, Forgiven

 It comes from the understanding of our position in Christ. It is a done deal. The hard work of sanctification is going back daily to our justification.

Those who perform better are those who understand that their standing with God has nothing to do with their performance. You have nothing to prove.

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