Jesus Did Not Call Us to Love Our Neighbor

By Stephen L. Flowers

The biblical command to “love your neighbor as yourself” comes from the Old Testament law in Leviticus 19:18. The entire chapter deals with being holy. Jewish scholars have noted that for humans, holiness doesn’t “refer to (striving for) superior moral qualities” but “is the state of (showing we belong) to (God)” (endnote 1).

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A Brighter Path #3: Sin

By Steve Flowers

Successful-based beliefs/practices in the church today continue to undermine Jesus’ desire to bring about “the kingdom of God.”  And the successful-based belief/practice on sin has arguably had the greatest negative impact on that. Because of that impact, it is critical to understand as fully as possible what we mean when we use that little ‘ol three-letter word that is at the root of so much difference between successful-based and faithful-based churches.  We will therefore spend three posts on sin (or you could say we’ll be “sinning” for the next few weeks).  In this post we will engage in a brief overview of the concept of sin and a related spiritual concept, holiness, and introduce how successful-based and faithful-based churches differ on them.  The following two posts will each explore in more detail how each side views and lives those concepts. Continue reading “A Brighter Path #3: Sin”