The discouraging, damaging lie of “working out a muscle” of “spiritual discipline”

I’m not looking to pick a fight, but I will fight on this if I must. I believe the ideology, and more aptly put, theology, of needing to “work out a muscle” of a so-called “spiritual discipline” is a very destructive thing to believe or to teach people.

What do I mean by this?

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What does it mean to “work out your salvation”?

When Paul told his spiritual children that made up the Philippian church to continue to obey (Phil 2:12), with the added charge to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…”, he was speaking from a plane of spiritual understanding most of us don’t operate in.

I cannot pretend to understand fully what this charge means — at least not yet. I do know some of what it means though, and even more of what it does not mean.

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