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GOD’S CHILDREN AS PILGRIMS TO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM:
MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S REIGN ON EARTH
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
Date: May 7, 2023
Sub Theme: Dangers on the path of Pilgrims to heavenly Kingdom 4
to introduce the concept of moralism and
to expatiate on the menace of moralism on Christianity.
Moralism is any philosophy with the central focus of applying moral judgements above the gospel and godly virtues. The Moralists believe that Morality is done out of obligation by their power or achievement instead of alluding it to the grace of God. To them, every act of goodness is not because it is God’s injunction, but because it is mandatory. Our Bible passage today reveals the Pharisees judging the disciples’ moral standard by their physical habit without looking beyond to see their spiritual conducts. They based their accusation on the Tradition of the elders (Mark 7:5). However, Jesus declared to them that obedient to God’s commandment is more virtuous than the tradition of the elders.
How can you define moralism in the context of our study today?
Mention some of the denominational traditions on dressings and electronic usage in our generation and how it has affected the Church of God. See IPeter 3:3-4.
How can moral tradition retard the growth of the Church? Acts 10:28; Gal 2:11-13.
How can you explain Christian love in the context of Jesus livelihood? Read Luke 7:36-37; John 4:7-10, John 4:27, John 4:40-41.
Christians must be very careful of placing tradition above godliness. It is good to follow and obey the tradition in a constituted environment including the Church, but when it is taken above the virtues of godliness, it becomes vanity and an obstruction on our path to eternity.
Food for Thought
Morality without godliness is equal to vain tradition.
Col 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.
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