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“You ought to live your life with such freedom and joy that uptight Christians will doubt your salvation.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.”
Steve Brown, Approaching God: Accepting the Invitation to Stand in the Presence of God
“Not being changed by prayer is sort of life standing in the middle of a spring rain without getting wet. It's hard to stand in the center of God's acceptance and love without getting it all over you.”
Steve Brown, Approaching God: Accepting the Invitation to Stand in the Presence of God
“The good news is that Christ frees us from the need to obnoxiously focus on our goodness, our commitment, and our correctness. Religious has made us obsessive almost beyond endurance. Jesus invited us to a dance...and we've turned in into a march of soldiers, always checking to see if we're doing it right and are in step and in line with the other soldiers. We know a dance would be more fun, but we believe we must go through hell to get to heaven, so we keep marching.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“You are really and truly and completely free. There is no kicker. There is no if, and, or but. You are free. You can do it right or wrong. You can obey or disobey. You can run from Christ or run to Christ. You can choose to become a faithful Christian or an unfaithful Christian. You can cry, cuss, and spit, or laugh, sing, and dance. You can read a novel or the Bible. You can watch television or pray. You're free...really free.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“The only people who get better are people who know that, if they never get better, God will love them anyway.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“The anger of Jesus was never directed at those who were great sinners, but at those who seemed not to be.”
Steve Brown, Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad at You
“God save me from politicians, Christians, or pagans who think they are my mother!”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“If you've been a Christian very long, you may be wondering why I left out the guilt, the condemnation, and the promises to get better and better in every way, every day. I left them out because they simply aren't in the Bible.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“If Jesus said we’re free, we ought to accept his declaration at face value and run with it. It ought to help us define ourselves. But it doesn’t. Christians will do almost anything to get away from the simple meaning of the word and the wonderful experience of freedom.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“The wolves were those who would pervert the gospel. And at the same time, they were (and are) often those who seem to be the most obedient, the most godly, and the most spiritual.”
Steve Brown, Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad at You
“If you use the law to judge others, go ahead, but don't assume that your judgment mimics the judgement of God.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“I find myself laughing a lot. Every time I remember that I’m forgiven and loved (that I have unlimited free sins and blank checks), I get the giggles. In fact, Christians are the only people on earth who have something significant to laugh about.”
Steve Brown, Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad at You
“When everything is messed up because people wanted to do it their way rather than God’s way, we need to be able to say, “Look. Don’t whine. We told you that God has given instructions. If you don’t obey them, don’t be surprised if the thing doesn’t work.” But we need also, when someone hasn’t obeyed the instructions, to let them know that they have a grand opportunity to experience Christ’s love and grace. If we don’t tell them that, we will be giving only half of the message. And that brings me to another “we-must-never.” The Presence of the Holy Spirit”
Steve Brown, When Being Good Isn't Good Enough
“You are really and truly and completely free.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Until a Christian struggles with the issue of freedom, he or she will remain frightened, obsessive, and bound.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Whenever a Christian follows authority figures who don’t allow questions about themselves or their direction or teaching, get out and don’t look back. Whenever someone says he knows what’s best for your life, better than you do; whenever someone says that she speaks for God; whenever someone pretends to be anything other than a flawed human being who makes mistakes and sometimes gets it wrong—that person is sitting on a pedestal of his or her own making, and if you don’t destroy it, God will. So many freedom-destroying things we do are connected to an irresponsible decision to allow others to be to us what only God is supposed to be.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“When I became a Christian two things happened. I got saved and I got loved. I got loved so deeply that it still amazes me when I think about it. Because I got loved so deeply, I want to please the One who loved me that much. I may not always please Him—sometimes I even run in the other direction, because His love can really hurt. I may chafe against pleasing Him; I may find myself in a very far country; I may not even speak to Him. But I’ll tell you something: I want to please Him and when I don’t please Him it hurts.”
Steve Brown, When Being Good Isn't Good Enough
“It is so freeing to realize that we don’t have anything to prove or to protect. We don’t have to fix anything. God doesn’t need any help. He did fine before we came along and will do fine long after we’re gone. The great thing about being a Christian is that you can forgive, love, and encourage ’em all, and then let God sort it out.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Love in response to goodness isn’t love, but reward. Fortunately for us, that’s not God’s way. Our relationship with God is not a matter of reward, but of love. And that’s why we can enjoy such staggering freedom in his presence.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Forgiveness is at the very heart of the Christian faith. It’s not about getting better, becoming more religious, or following the rules so God will love you. It’s all about forgiveness, dummy! Everything else is secondary. If we don’t keep the main thing the main thing, then everything else will turn sour on us.”
Steve Brown, Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad at You
“It is no small thing to be loved when you’re unlovable, to be forgiven the unforgivable, and to be supported when you’ve done nothing to deserve it. That’s the gospel. And that’s why free sins are so important. It’s the good news that while there are those who might sacrifice for a good man or woman, “at the right time Christ died for the ungodly [that would be us!]. . . . God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6, 8).”
Steve Brown, Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad at You
“Our prayers must mean something to us if they are to mean anything to God.”
Steve Brown, Approaching God: Accepting the Invitation to Stand in the Presence of God
“Do you want to know what God is like? Then look at Jesus. If you want to know how God reacts to people, look at how Jesus reacted to people. If you want to know what God thinks, how he acts and who he is, don’t get with a group of people and vote on it. One doesn’t discover divine truth with an election. If you want to know the truth about God, don’t get a book on theology, listen to a preacher, or even read a book like this one. For God’s sake, go to Jesus.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“If you worship a God who is out to get you, you will never be free … free to cuss and spit, free to move to joyous acceptance, and free to get on with your life.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“If God, who loves us, has given us an instruction manual, and we ignore the instructions, we have no right to complain because we are miserable and hurt. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of Christians who sow their wild oats and pray for a crop failure.”
Steve Brown, When Being Good Isn't Good Enough
“Too many of us have come to believe in a God who is a child abuser, a God who demands that we go through hell to get to heaven.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Perfectionism will make you sour, mean, and judgmental, and it will rob you of the freedom Jesus died to give you.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“It’s not very smart to keep trying to do something you can’t do and never will be able to do.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Perfectionism robs you of your freedom.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom

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