Various denominations add their own rules to the Bible. This can be deceptive if people try to become a Christian by following denominational rules or committing their allegiance to a church. This can also create confusion when Christians become so bound by denominational rules that they miss the fact that salvation is a free gift.
God has given us forgiveness and freedom through Christ. Christians are set free from the law (conditional love) to live in grace (unconditional love). Creating church rules and teaching that salvation depends on keeping them is not biblical. Salvation is a gift we cannot earn or maintain by good behavior. Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the law so we would no longer be supervised by the law (Galatians 3:25). Can an Amish person be a Christian? The answer is yes. But they don’t become a Christian by keeping Amish traditions and laws.
Only Christ is righteous. When any person places faith in Christ, that righteousness is given to the believer as a gift. That person can be Amish or any other denomination.
To be made right in God’s eyes, we must make a personal decision to believe that Christ died for our sin and accept His forgiveness for all that we have done wrong. That is a transaction between God and the believing person. No church denomination has any power to save anyone or to condemn anyone. That power belongs to God alone.
There is no difference—all of us are in the same predicament! We are sinners—Amish and non-Amish, rich and poor, young and old. Everyone. We cannot consider ourselves morally superior to any group different from ours. We all need Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and deliver us from trying to please God by our own human effort. God is calling us to die to our pride and our “goodness.”
When we become a follower of Christ, our heart is transformed and good works will follow. But not good works to please our church or other people rather good works to please God. It is a subtle yet very real shift when we begin to think that our church is equal to God.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23)
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Growing Up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler