The Line

“Don’t look for the line.

What do I mean by that?

Well, I’ve been asked a lot recently ‘Ryan, what do you mean? You say that there’s progressive sanctification where we all stumble in many ways, and there’s patterned sin. Where’s the line?’ I don’t know where the line is. I mean – I know some things that are over the line. I know that. There are some things that are clearly patterned sin. I know some things are over the line. I know some things that are just stumbling in many ways. ‘Where exactly, Ryan, is the line?’ I have no idea where the line is.

And praise God Scripture never gave us the line. You do not want to be as close to the line as you can. You want to be waaaaay over here. Okay, so the couple, they’re not married, they’re in the backseat of the car, they’re like ‘how far can we go? What’s, what’s allowed or [not]?’ Get out of the car! It’ll all be okay outside of the car.

We should be making every effort to add every bit of grace to our lives, we should be looking to him, adding the knowledge of him to our lives, pursuing godliness, and by God – and I mean that with all reverence – by God we will grow in assurance that we are saved. We will not grow in assurance by always asking ‘can I keep one foot close to the line?'”

– Pastor Ryan Fullerton


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