In everyday life, we all understand that what you believe is no guarantee that your belief is true, or wise, or even helpful, no matter how sincerely you believe it. In fact, what you believe can be downright dangerous.If you spend thousands of dollars on alleged nutritional supplements that turn out to be worthless, it does not matter how sincerely you believed in them, you are out all that money and not one bit healthier for it. If you believe it is okay to sit in a broken chair, it does not matter how sincerely you believe in its sturdiness, you will probably end up with a bruise or two, and perhaps a broken bone. If you believe it is okay to ignore the warnings on the label of your prescription medication against mixing it with alcohol, perhaps one day they will inscribe on your tombstone how sincerely you believed in your own pharmaceutical opinions.This is just another way of saying that your faith is only as good as its object. It does not matter how sincere your faith is; if the object of your faith is unreliable, your faith will not help you, and could very well hurt you.This is just common sense, right?So, why is it that so many of us try to live by this truth in our day-to-day lives, until it comes to what we believe about God, Jesus, and salvation? Why do so many people say that, when it comes to religion, “It does not matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere?”
I am so angry right now! A 93-year-old woman attended the same church all her life until she had to go to a nursing home. During part of that time, she was in a coma. Her preacher was asked to perform her funeral service for her when she died. He said no. His reason was that she wasn’t up to date with her tithing! I guess he wanted her to wake up from her coma, and walk to church, and pay him with money she probably no longer had because of her nursing home bills.
Houston Pastor Reportedly Refused to Host Funeral for 93-Year old Member Because She Didn’t Tithe Enough
Jude 3-4 King James Version (KJV)
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Everyone who goes to church wants to trust their preacher/teacher, but with all the crazy stuff going on in the Church today, it is clear that we have to be watchful! There was only one perfect preacher that has ever graced this Earth and his essential teachings can be found in his book, The Bible. We must have some grace when judging what our preachers do and say, but we must also be sure that the preacher is preaching about the Christ that is found in the Bible. Those preachers who deny the basic tenets of the Bible, who are teaching for the love of money rather than the love of Christ, or whose moral behavior crosses the line so deeply that they should be in jail, or become proud of their sin, should not be leading Christians.
If you are concerned about your pastor’s ability to lead fellow Christians, nicely and with respect have a talk with him, bringing appropriate Bible verses with you.
If you are still troubled by the pastor when your talk is over, go to a couple of elders in the Church, and talk to them, and if they agree with you set up a meeting with your preacher, and bring along the elders that you talked to. If the elders are as concerned as you, then it is time to go to the congregation as a group.
If nothing works then pray, and study the Bible until you have decided if the issue is one that can possibly be overlooked with grace, or if it warrants looking for a more Biblical Church to attend.
Acts 17:11 (KJV)
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
If you don’t have enough time to read the Bible, please consider getting an audible one, so you can listen to it in traffic, at lunch, or any other time that you are unable to read, but still able to listen.
Here is Dr. William Lane Craig giving a long-form argument for the historical event of the resurrection of Jesus, and taking questions from the audience. The speaker introduction goes for 6 minutes, then Dr. Craig speaks for 35 minutes, then it’s a period of questions and answers with the audience. The total length is 93 […]
Many people are willing to die for their beliefs, but finding people who are willing to die for something they know is a lie, is another matter entirely.
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Lamentations 3:22-24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.
Many of you are probably thinking “yeah, that’s easy to say when things are going your way.”, Not so fast, when it comes to Bible interpretation, context makes all the difference. Jeremiah and all of Isreal were going through some times that would make most of our nightmares look like day dreams. Cities demolished, enslaved, starvation …
Yet Jeremiah wasn’t without comfort. He knew that the Lord would forgive, and deliver them. While the Lord may seem far away at times, there is still hope. God will somehow deliver if you trust in him.
I think increasingly we are going to need to be not only the bearers of the gospel to others but a people who have answers available to questions such as, “What about the problem of evil? and “How do I know God exists?” We will need to give basic answers to these objections. Typically, the same questions come up over and over again. You won’t need to learn lots of new material with each person you talk to. If we have a mastery of some of the basics, we can really go a long way. And, as we’re evangelizing, as we’re talking about our faith, we will have greater confidence in presenting the gospel and won’t be daunted by the potential questions that might come up, but rather will say, “I believe the Christian faith does a better job of answering these sorts of questions.” —Paul Copan (From the interview: Starting Right Where I Am)
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Works by Paul Copan include:
Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God