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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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“You are really and truly and completely free.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“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
“Until a Christian struggles with the issue of freedom, he or she will remain frightened, obsessive, and bound.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Our freedom has been taken away because we thought that we couldn’t be free unless we were perfect.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Whenever a new Christian comes into the church, I wince a bit, because I’m afraid that they will get the “religion disease,” that the “church virus” will kill off the joy and freedom Jesus purchased on the cross to give them.”
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
“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
“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
“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
“God will not only love you if you don’t get better; he will teach you that getting better isn’t the issue. His love is the issue.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Our honest belief that we can be far better than we are is one of the major reasons we are so bound.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“There really is something neurotic about Christians who spend most of their time trying desperately to please a God who is already very pleased. They don’t have any freedom, and they sometimes take away the freedom of others.”
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
“Jesus invited us to a dance … and we’ve turned it 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
“I can think of hardly anything that will kill your joy and freedom more than wearing a mask geared to get others to accept you because you are acting like them.”
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

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