what does stiff neck mean?

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“Stiff Necks” by nakedpastor David Hayward

In the bible, stiff-neck refers to inflexible obstinacy. It doesn’t necessarily point to any specific sin. It simply describes someone who is unwilling to change. It is a stubborn attitude resistant to transformation.

At the root of the biblical message is transformation. Change. Paul was right to indicate that true transformation begins in the mind: “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12: 2). Behavior modification is one thing. Mind modification is another.

Actually, it’s not about modifying the mind, but renewing it. Behold, he is a new creation! We’re talking about the kind of change that is radical. Not change but exchange.

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.