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February 27, 2013

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As a side note, and I don't mean any disrespect to Mr. Wallace (on the contrary, I think he is doing a tremendous job as a leader in this area), but it just happens to be a pet peeve of mine when folks use phrases like:

(and feel called to respond to Peter’s admonition in 1 Peter 3:15-16)

Up front, I really don't think Brother Wallace meant it in the sense that I address below, but is an opportunity to highlight a subtle topic...

The heartburn comes from the idea that I think we've accepted this idea today that for "certain parts of Christianity", however you want to frame that, that you're excused from them under the guise of "not being called". This particular passage in 1 Peter begins in verse 8, where Peter begins his conclusion by saying "Finally, ALL OF YOU, ... always be prepared...". There's no "calling", or requirement to "feel like you've been called" to do this. It's a command to all Christians!

I think things like this point out the fact that there are a lot of Christians who are sinning by failing to carry out clear commands in Scripture, and rationalizing it away as a "calling" or some such language. James says that whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, sins.

1 Peter 3:15-16 is just one of those right things to do that all Christians are commanded in the Scripture...that doesn't mean everybody quit their job and join STR and become professional Christian Case Makers, but you at least ought to be in the running, if you take my meaning...

Anyway, sorry for the rant...

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