The Dog Paddle

January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Posted in BiblicalSwimming | 4 Comments
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The “dog paddle,” while not an officially recognized competitive swimming stroke, “is often the first swim stroke done by young children when they are learning to swim” (A Boy’s Own Book of Outdoor Sports). Although its movements work well for canines, it is often a habit-forming method of swimming for youngsters, and one which must be broken in order to teach them better, more efficient, strokes.

As Christians, we must beware of those who would continually hound us, while barking out false doctrines.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Philippians 3:2

Doctrines that teach salvation through good works or religious rites may appeal to a spiritually childish part of us, and cause us to want to imitate them, but we are instructed to worship God in His Spirit, and to rejoice in Christ Jesus, and not to have confidence in the flesh or good works.

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  1. […] The Dog Paddle: When new Christians begin to navigate the waters of spiritual maturity, they must be careful not to imitate, or pick up the bad habits of, those who would promote a “watered-down,” or ritual-based gospel. (Philippians 3:2) […]

  2. […] The Dog Paddle: When new Christians begin to navigate the waters of spiritual maturity, they must be careful not to imitate, or pick up the bad habits of, those who would promote a “watered-down,” or ritual-based gospel. (Philippians 3:2) […]

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