It is my pleasure to welcome back Pastor Charlie Parish. He’s a Pastor, theologian, and Christ follower. Every encounter with him is uplifting and educational. He is the Lead Pastor of Foothills Community Church in Marble Hill, Georgia. He’s married to Lacy, and they have five children; Andy, Lincoln, Abel, Luke, and Haven.

This conversation is a continuation from our first episode together a few weeks ago wherein Charlie talked about his personal story and some common themes he sees in the evangelical church today.

Asceticism

In this episode we dive deeper into asceticism, as explained in Colossians 2:13-34, and our problem with self-reliance and the implications of the fall.

We talk about various ministries that are guilty of preying on human greed and even add to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Charlie explains the gospel and our need for a savior, and he discusses the danger of false teaching and the misguided sense of belonging that this gives to some people.

God’s Means of Grace

Charlie discusses the importance of knowledge and truly knowing God. He discusses the danger of simply knowing facts about God while applying human logic and reason to biblical truth in a way that distorts that truth. He explains the perils of legalism at one end of a spectrum, and antinomianism at the other. We discuss the importance of Scripture as one of God’s means of grace in addition to prayer.

We discuss man’s fear and guilt, and Charlie explains the difference between the healthy fear of, or respect for, God and man’s unhealthy anxiety. In this powerful conversation, Charlie describes our self-sufficiency as the root cause of much of our anxiety.

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“Charlie explains the difference between the healthy fear of, or respect for God and man’s unhealthy anxiety.”