It baffles me how someone who calls themselves a Christian--No! Too harsh! Too harsh! I am that Christian! Was that man!
It baffles me how I who called myself a Christian could have actually read St. Paul's letter to the church in Rome and ever come away with the idea I didn't have to do anything to receive Christ? which is to receive His life and His righteousness? that Paul somehow claimed--after his lengthy and powerful explanation of what singularity happened in the Cosmos, in History, and within his very Self called Christ Crucified which transformed each from what was to what is and what will be--yes, even after all that, that Paul somehow ultimately claimed that to be righteous--which IS life: life new, exciting, abundant and eternal, the Christ follower is under no obligation to actually follow his Christ, whom to encounter is to hear, 'Follow me!' and whom to know and love is to immediately follow, yea, even so, whom only by immediately following can ever be known?
“We have an obligation…” I am bound!
I am bound, not to do wrong (not “to the flesh”)—but to annihilate doing wrong (“to put to death the misdeeds of the flesh”)!
I am bound to do right if I am to live.