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SYLVANUS UGWUIBE FROM UNITED KINGDOM

January 21, 2013  6:55pm

I believe Gordon did not pretend that his list or views were unique, exclusive or exhaustive. They are reflective of his perspective. Some of the comments made in response to his write-up are guilty of the 'crime' they accused him of - presenting their views as the one and only right one. To me, it is not 'either this OR that' but 'both this AND that'. Paul said, we know in part and prophesy in part. None of us has or could ever present the whole gospel. What each of us has is a part. Prayer is not everything; neither is holiness nor prosperity, etc. It is the totality of these and many more truths of the Word of God that constitute the gospel. While you major in that area of ministry committed to your trust make room for others to fulfill theirs.

Daniel from Argentina

January 15, 2013  7:01am

Another list of what a Christian should be, and a very good one. I have followed MacDonald through most of his books and in a conference. Good contribution. Only something to mention, in times as we live the less use of current army/war terminology (specially coming from the US) is the better.

Mart Griesel

January 02, 2013  11:34am

We will only be able to spot a transformed Christian if we have removed the wood out of our own eye, and have swept before our own door. The closer we are ourselves to Jesus, the better we will know His qualities and the easier it will be to recognize them in others.

Noel Anderson

December 05, 2012  11:38am

While I love this kind of article, the list still runs the risk of spiritual self-absorption--all about "me and my healthy Christianity"--resulting in what could be a systematized discipleship still prone to one-upsman Pharisaism. Wouldn't a better system for identifying a Christian simply focus on the eternal virtues and gifts of the Spirit: faith, hope, love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control,etc.? A redeemed life is not a super-soldier Christian, but a self uninterested in self eager only to channel Christ. The list is a good one, and some of the items are certainly indispensable, but I can still imagine self-interested and self-important Christian narcissists coming off the assembly line.

David Grant

September 03, 2012  11:53pm

I was really attracted to the title of this Topic, but nearly turned away with the comments of #1 regarding the word "devotion" rather than "love." I teach on the subject of God's Agape Love and it is hard for people to distinguish between Bod's Love and human love and God's Agape Love is the unique ingredient of the Christian faith. Let me say what I thnk needs to be said by quoting from a song that I have made into a prayer. 'SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE" 'SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE IN THE TRUE MEANING OF THE WORD. TEACH ME TO SACRIFICE, EXPECTING NOTHING IN RETURN. I WANT TO GIVE MY LIFE AWAY, BECOMING MORE LIKE YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY. MY WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH--SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE. I SAW A BRUISED AND BATTERED WOMAN WITH HER HUNGRY CHILDREN ON THE STREET. THEN I HEARD YOU ASK IN THAT STILL SMALL VOICE,"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE OF THESE?" LORD CONSUME WIYH AN A BURNING FIRE THAT MELTS AWAY MY COMPLACENCY. lET ME BE MOVED WIH LOVE AND COMPASSION, THEN SOMEONE WILL FIND THE WAY IN ME.

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