What Dr. Stanley Has Taught Me:

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  1. TCGreek

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    1. I don't know if I'm alone. But the Christian life for me seemed at first just like a list of dos and don'ts.

    2. Over the years I have realized that it is not about dos and don'ts. But rather a relationship with loving and holy Father.

    3. But what to expect from the relationship wasn't quite clear. I would read about others testimonies. I would hear other believers talk about their life with God. But somehow I wasn't experiencing the same.

    4. A number of writers have helped me. But I have gotten more help from Dr. Stanley.

    5. I do not consider him a theological buff. I often disagree with him. But his simplicity, somehow, it draws me back for more.

    6. With that aside, Dr. Stanley has taught me what I have been missing for years. He has taught me how to Listen to God.

    7. Now I am more sensitive to the leading of God in my life. No longer do I subscribe to partial deism. I am not talking about some audible voice.

    8. Rather, the working of the Spirit to empower me for service, to impress the Scriptures on my mind and heart, to convict me of sin, to lead me in paths of righteousness.

    9. To somehow know that God is there at my side. He is watching my every move and listening to the groanings of my heart. Not because He wants to punish me. Rather, to assure me of His love for me and to bless me with His companionship through His indwelling Spirit.

    10. And I thank the heavenly Father for using Dr. Stanley so powerfully in my life.
     
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    A good word! Thank you for reminding us of this faithful man's impact on many for the Kingdom of God.
     
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    TCGreek,

    Its a common trap. Very common. Reduce the christian life to "Make sure you do the do's, and dont do the dont's. And if ya mess up God'll boot ya out! Grrrr!!!.

    Thank goodness for those good teachers who understand that its a relationship between a Father and His children. We are free to make mistakes and mess up, with absolutely no chance of our standing as "children of the King" ever being disturbed. We may be disciplined...but our position is never disturbed.

    Its only when we lay aside the old covenant "lawkeeping" mentality that we can walk in the goodness of the Holy Spirits prompting and guiding. Its from a position of "rest" rather than "do" that allowes true fruit to become a reality.

    We walk "in the newness of the Spirit, not the oldness of the letter". For "the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life"

    Praise God for Charles Stanley's understanding of, and willingness to proclaim, these wonderful truths.

    Grace and peace,

    Mike
     
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    Amen
    I agree...
     
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    As a teacher, TC, I would content that your #1 is the first step in any worthwhile pursuit. AND it is when we know that we are no longer simply a novice in any arena -- we quit looking at our checklist of do this or don't do that.

    I will admit, based on your previous posts, that I am surprised to see you singing Stanley's praise this highly -- but you do admit that you don't agree with him hook, line and sinker ;)

    I like Stanley and find him sincere. He has an easy reading style as is his preaching style. That's what I like about Gary Chapman -- he reads like he preaches. I love it when the two merge.

    This is a lovely post. I wish I could say that an author had touched me so.
     
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    Soteriologically speaking, I'm in agreement with Stanley.

    Eschatologically speaking, I'm in disagreement.
     
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    Some of us reformed minded saints can really appreciate the teaching/preaching/scholarship of those who may be inclinded toward the responsibility of man. There are not many antinomian among us reformed on the BB.
     
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    Dr. Stanley is one of the few pastors I will listen to on TV. He is very understandable, and a joy to listen to.
     
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    ==Your not alone there. The trap of legalism is very real and is an always present danger for many of us. Stanley does a good job explaining that salvation is not about "dos and don'ts" but is about a relationship with God (which does result in a changed life).

    ==The only area that I disagree with Stanley is in reformed theology. Other than that I think I agree with him.

    ==I love that book (by Stanley). I keep a copy of his 30 Life Principles on my desk at all times. They are solid, Biblical points. My favorite example would be "Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him".

    ==There is nothing like the daily awareness of God's presence in my life.
     
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    How does someone who believes reformed theology...also believe in the Mellenial Exclusion (Gospel of the Kingdom) doctrine? I'm just curious...
     
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    Sir, you have blessed me richly with your testimony. I hope that others on the BB were also spiritually moved; that those who only "lurk" will equally be blessed. Your 8, 9, and 10 say it all, IMHO.
     
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    Though I am not reformed, I have numerous friends who believe and teach excusion from the pulpit who are reformed. (Most are within the rans of the Presbyterians.

    Just curious to all reading, I too am thanful for much of Dr. Stanley's testimony. Do most here agree with him concerning Christians in Outer Darkness during the Millenial reign of Christ? Though I too disagree with some of his teachings, I am thanful that he takes some what of a biblival stance in this concern.
     
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    That's what I was referring to when I stated Millenial Exclusion, though I spelled Millenial wrong. I vehemently deny that doctrine.
     
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    Do you have any proof text to deny this doctrine?

    The only place in scripture that teaches us that we can hear "well done" is in the parables. Incedently, this is the same place where we read of the other servant who was unfaithful going to outer darkness. If the later is not speaing of Christians than certainly one would have to believe that the "well done" servants were not to be types of christians either. Some try to dismiss these scriptures by stating that these verses are for the jews. Interensting. I guess they would also have to deny Romans 11 and deny all types in the Old Testament. We can't pick and choose where we want to agree with when it comes to the Word. To say these parables do not deal with the Born from Above is a tighter stretch than to take God at His Word.

    Within these Parables where do you place the emphasis.
    Thank you for your reply.
     

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