This new category is based on a joke that we students shared while in Bible school/seminary. There are many things that are assumed to be spiritually true and Biblical, yet in reality they are no where to be found in the Word of God and they are actually unscriptural. We said these teachings came out of grandmom’s Bible. Here are a couple of simple illustrations that you are probably already familiar with. 1)”God helps those who help themselves.” If you and I had a nickel for every time we heard that saying in our lives, we could go out to dinner and leave a reasonable tip as well. The Bible says quite the opposite: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Helping ourselves is the height of human presumption and diametrically opposed to waiting upon the Lord in faith. This saying was made by one, no doubt, in order to justify their actions that probably went AGAINST the will of God. 2)”Cleanliness is Godliness.” It is a well known fact that some misguided people attempt to wash sin from their lives through prolonged showers and baths. This strategy, of course, does not work. Good hygiene and cleanliness is a positive attribute, especially when in a car pool or one who has limited office space and works with a lot of people in close quarters. However, immoral pagans can be clean as a whistle while some blessed saint can lack the knowledge and follow through of good hygiene. The Pharisees, ever diligent in their attempts to trip up our Lord and Savior, accused Jesus and His disciples of eating without washing their hands. Jesus responded that “…it was not that which entered a man that defiled him, but the things which come out of him defile the man.” (read Mark 7:1-15) Boy oh boy, I wish Jesus could have had a good talk with my parents when I was a kid. This would have made our appearances at the dinner table a lot easier. Ha Ha!
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