Work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete), your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). Philippians 2:12 Amplified

I think that’s the crux of the issue we have as Christians in America. We trust ourselves more than we trust God. Do we worry about whatever might offend God? Do we say we are Christians and then live like fools doing whatever is pleasing to ourselves and forgetting that in the process we discredit the name of Christ, which includes the church, and the congregation? If I am calling myself a Christian, and living contrary to what the bible says, then do I stain your name as a believer?

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