To hear “yes, we believe the Bible” is as meaningless as asking someone if they embezzled company funds or committed adultery. Anyone who would do such a thing has no trouble lying about it. The evidence, the proof, is in the individual’s life and conduct.
We hear God’s people spouting these four shallow oversimplifications from time to time. These are not all, of course. The enemy is creating new half-truths even as we speak. In all things, we should use discernment, act in love, and not sin.
Jesus spoke a mind-boggling number of things never heard before on Earth. Many found His words provocative, offensive, and even blasphemous. In Matthew 11, you will find seven of his most amazing words ever.
Pray. Go slow. Wait on the Lord. Gather information. Try something small. Let it grow. You are encouraging your pastors more than a dozen after-church fellowships and plaques for their walls could accomplish.
As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies we have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.
Any believer who points the finger at another Christian and says, "You are the reason I no longer go to church" is being dishonest. Unwilling to deal with his/her own frailties, hangups, and humanity—they blame others for what they are not doing.
Anyone needing reassurance that God is love need look no further than his own stubborn, rebellious heart. We hate to admit our need, yet God stays and loves, gives and forgives, blesses and accepts. Amazing grace.
I began serving the Lord when I was 11 years old, began preaching the Word when I was 21, and began pastoring a year later. At a solid 80 years old, these are a few lessons this life of ministry has taught me.
God has not been knocked off course by any of the world events that are causing so many to despair. He is still in charge. Do your job, Christian. There’s good news tonight, preacher. Let them have it!