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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Quiet Time Guilt

My co-bloggers, Jeremy & Garet, and I were involved in Campus Crusade for Christ once upon a time at Cal Poly, Pomona. After intense counseling, deprogramming, and absinthe consumption, we are now mostly healed. OK, I am jesting a bit. I still have a warm spot in my heart for Crusade, and I benefited spiritually from my experience there greatly.

However, I still cringe at my indoctrination with "Quiet Time Guilt", a form of guilt that is really ubiquitous with the larger world of evangelicalism. This is the belief that if you have not set aside time for daily prayer and Bible study devotions, you don't have a "strong relationship with God" at best, and are in sin, at worst. I was reminded of it when I ran across this article refuting this particular form of legalism. If you or a friend are suffering from Quiet Time Guilt, then read this article now.

Category: Gnat-Strainers


  • Still reading this article & liking most of it...reminds me of some things CJ Mahaney has said during his "Cross Centered Life" messages.

    But this kind of threw me off. Greg said:

    Jesus condemned the Pharisees for this very attitude about Bible study. “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me” (Jn 5:39). Yes, that’s what Jesus said. Bible study can be a sin. The Pharisees assumed the Bible a book of rules or principles for living, but failed the grasp it as a story about God’s love for his people. The quiet time can drive you far from God if you fail to understand that the Scriptures are a story about grace. (emphasis original)

    Does that sound like a bit of a stretch to you?
    "Bible study can be a sin."

    Just thinking out loud here.

    By Blogger iamchief, at 8:46 AM  

  • Came across this article about a year ago - very good!

    Noticed you attended CPU Pomona. My wife and I met there while on the weekly meeting committee of CCC. We graduated in '95 and my wife in '96.

    Had to laugh at your comments on being deprogrammed...we have the same sentiments ourselves (along with a soft spot for CCC stll).


    Postnote - I don't blog much. LOL

    By Blogger Locojefe, at 5:14 PM  

  • thanks for the link to the article, I was in Navs rather than CCC but the same effect was present.

    By Blogger mark_5, at 6:02 AM  

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