All Scripture and the self

All Scripture is…

2 Timothy 3:16-17

(NIV) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

(ESV) 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.

(NASB) 16 All Scripture is [a]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [b]training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

One of my observations in all walks of life is that many people are willing to be want to be trained or taught in their walks of life. However, they are very resistant to the idea of being corrected or rebuked / reproofed.

Correcting and rebuking /reproofing are necessary parts of being able to learn, but it feels like an attack on ourselves most people deflect such topics from themselves and gloss over them completely.

Likewise, the same trend continues even in the Christian manosphere where “improvement” is touted as king. Christians say that it is great to workout, eat healthy, learn great conversation skills/charisma, learn how to talk to women, learn “game”, etc and it is good to install these good habits and skills.

Nonetheless, there tends to be a lack of inward introspection to any sort of correction or rebuke. In my opinion, this is part of the self hubris which is an inward nature of the original sin, but is cultivated by the stroking of the selfish pride that can come from either game or even doing righteous actions.

We often think that because we are acting righteously by studying the Scriptures in depth, praying continuously day and night, meditating on the Word, and generally discipling ourselves to live healthy and fruitful lifestyles that we are doing what is good and those other people aren’t on the right track. Even if we don’t it’s a very easy pit to fall into every once in a while.

This is precisely the reason why I keep harping that Christian nice guys need to repent of their sin of pedestalizing women and their feelings.

You can do God/self improvement all you want, but if you never repent of your sin then how are you going to take a step forward in your faith? You may indeed become a “better you” or even a “better steward of your body” but if your mind is still trapped by sin and a lack of repentence then are you even going to be growing spiritually?

It’s the spiritual growth that matters because when our minds are transformed the rest of our thoughts and actions will follow.

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Likewise, it is in the correction and rebuke that is going to make the most change. Utterly destroying the bad habits and sins leaves room for good habits and actions to fill their place.

However, if you only receive training and teaching and you add on good habits with the bad habits that you have you will frequently become exhausted because you are going to be torn in half trying to make everything happen.

This is part of the cognitive dissonance that many men new the the Christian manosphere have. Instead of the inward introspection to eliminate all of the feminism ingrained in their minds, they add the God/self improvement on the top. This seems to work for a time, but you eventually hit a plateau where you’re stuck in the inbetween world of God and self.

You become lukewarm, and you have to choose who you serve. And I see many Christian men leaving and serving the world rather than God. They take women off the pedestal and instead of putting God there they install themselves.

This is why many of my posts on Christian nice guys focus specifically on correction and rebuke for certain behaviors in the context with training and teaching.

Eliminating the sin via correction and rebuke is one of the most beneficial things to Christian men and women alike because it is the first step in the process of taking down idols from the pedestal and installing God on it.

Of course, it is always a choice for whether the Christian men and women will accept it.

Rather than becoming defensive it is best to examine in any correction or rebuke if there is any hint of truth there and acknolwedge it and repent if so.

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3 Responses to All Scripture and the self

  1. Looking Glass says:

    I caught a pictorial spread of some Shaolin Monks the other day. Yes, it is impressive the amount of physical training they put themselves through. A lifetime spend training “away” the physical desires.

    But it’s also so sad. Those monks will spend decades working to accomplish what God can do for you in 15 seconds. You can’t physically, mentally or spiritually discipline yourself “to” God. God does that work within you.

    I’ve been, personally, dealing with the aspect of “take it” (or “claiming”) what God offers us freely: his blessings & Power. But there’s actually two aspects to it, and to Faith.

    The first is “taking the Hand” and the second, which is missed by practically everyone, is “letting God undo the grip of the other hand”. I see the second part missed and, realistically, trapping a lot of Christians.

    We don’t talk about “edification” much these days, but it’s most of the process of Edification & Sanctification. You don’t “work harder to sin less”, it’s God works within you *more* and Sin’s grip is broken. This is the seeming paradox of the Walk. You *don’t* do work; God does the work. No power of the Earth can do what the Spirit does every minute of every day.

    But Faith *is* action. By lacking Faith is also an action. We death-grip onto the parts of the Flesh that we’ve brought God in to change. And we do it because it’s “ours”. I’ve seen this a lot, especially those that have been deeply injured (physically, emotionally or otherwise). God “healed” them, but they death-grip onto the pain. Because the “pain” is known & doesn’t require Faith. It’s not much different than someone that broke their leg, does all of the physical therapy, but insists on using the crutches a year later. They, in the process, don’t accept the healing and, in the end, are making themselves worse.

    It’s the trap of “just enough belief, but little Faith”. Which is why I’m finding that one of the best prayers, especially in this Age, comes from Mark 9:24 (KJV): “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Because it’s not by our personal power that the Kingdom of God is manifest, but by the indwelling of the Spirit. You can’t “work harder” Faith, but you can sow to your Spirit the Will of God. Another trap many Christians get stuck in.

  2. @ LG

    Excellent pull from this:

    Mark 9:24 (KJV): “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

    I need to start praying that more.

  3. rezzrovv says:

    I agree with you here in that there seems to be this adoption of the warrior archetype focusing on self-improvement and self-reliance which has created, as you stated, a “hubris” mentality. I believe the way of the warrior is honorable but that is dependent on whom we ascribe our fidelity. Often that is to ourselves versus the King.

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