Christi-vanity & ego-gelicalism

Pride plus Christianity equals Christi-vanity. Christi-vanity is not essential. Humility is. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Christi-vanity is void of heart-felt humility, meekness, sorrow, mourning, apology, and repentance. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

Christi-vanity tends to pridefully look down on humanity. The risen Jesus compassionately shows people love and mercy. Christi-vanity tends to promote self-focus. However, Jesus taught that a Christ-follower “must deny himself.”

I can sometimes be an ego-gelical. I need this Scripture to help me avoid Christi-vanity: “Consider others better than yourself.” Christi-vanity is tricky. I have to be on constant guard. Sometimes I catch it sneaking up inside me and making me proud.

Christi-vanity and ego-gelicalism are much easier to see in other people than in myself. Lord, help me see my own sin!

John the Baptist gave the key to avoiding Christi-vanity. He said: “He (the living Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.”

The Christi-vanity prayer is Luke 18:11. “God, I thank You that I am not like other people–robbers, evildoers, adulterers.”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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