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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 15 No. 18 Truth Or More Tragedy???
I had a topic for today’s post, but after reading an article just this morning, I feel I must address what I see as as dangerous mindset of many today. It seems we are so biblically uninformed that we are willing to trade our biblical foundations for cultural ideologies. Much like the passage that I had originally intended to focus on, God spoke to Jeremiah about what Israel had traded truth for.
“Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this,
and be horribly afraid,
be ye very desolate,
saith the LORD.
13 For my people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns,
that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:12-13
I am intimately acquainted with “hold no water” today, after having “plumbing issues” this week, and because our hot water heater wouldn’t “hold water” we had to have things re-routed, moved, changed and replaced. It seems that is what we are doing with our biblical faith! It is falling prey to popular or even unpopular cultural ideas, and that’s what I want to talk with you about this afternoon. I saw an article that was calling on a certain group of believers to change a symbol of their denomination—and in my opinion not just their denominational icon, but the very core of our faith! We must take a stand on truth—we must stop trading truth for appeasement, we must stop interpreting our faith through the eyes of our culture and start to, once again, interpret our culture in light of biblical truth. Please, our very future depends upon our choices today! Jesus told us that we would face opposition, but it shouldn’t come from within (but it often does, even as it did with our Lord!). We should be leading people to the cross not away from it. We are to help the world see Jesus and HIM crucified, not erase the very paths that lead to the cross and salvation.
“As it is written,
Behold, I lay in Sion
and rock of offence:
and whosoever believeth on him
shall not be ashamed.” Romans 9:33
Paul addressed this truth of the offense of the gospel to the world, and throughout history we have had to “stand fast in the evil day” to hold to the cross of our Lord Jesus!
“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
I lay in Sion a chief corner stone,
and he that believeth on him
shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe
he is precious:
but unto them which be disobedient,
the stone which the builders disallowed,
the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offence,
even to them which stumble
at the word,
whereunto also they were
9 But ye are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood,
an holy nation,
a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you
out of darkness
into his marvellous light:” 1 Peter 2:6-9
The article that I read made some valid personal observations, but, in my opinion, the conclusions that he made were interpreting the ‘symbols’ through his cultural experience (which I am not denying are very important) but we can’t change the gospel or the truth of what the cross stands for because some have perverted it! The cross of Christ Jesus is the very “corner stone” of our faith.
“And said unto him,
Art thou he that should come,
or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them,
Go and shew John again those things
which ye do hear and see:
5 The blind receive their sight,
and the lame walk,
the lepers are cleansed,
and the deaf hear,
the dead are raised up,
and the poor have the gospel
preached to them.
6 And blessed is he,
whosoever shall not be offended
in me.” Matthew 11:3-6
Paul warned the Ephesian leaders that the time would come, and even people would come, who would challenge the truth of the cross, even coming from among their midst!
“Wherefore I take you to record this day,
that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you
all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves,
and to all the flock,
over the which the Holy Ghost
hath made you overseers,
to feed the church of God,
which he hath purchased
with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing
shall grievous wolves enter in
not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves
shall men arise,
speaking perverse things,
to draw away disciples
after them.” Acts 20:26-30
As God’s children, and followers of Jesus Christ, we must hold to HIM and HIS truth—we must interpret the events around us in light of the freedom of the cross, not let culture change it into a perverted object that evil men have tried to make it through the centuries. Where will we stand, or more importantly “come down” (or fall down)? On the side of the gospel, which interprets all things in light of God and HIS Word (truth), rather than the twisted words of men! (Peter talks about the men of ‘twisted words’ [read 2 Peter 2]!), those who take God’s words and try to make them suit an agenda, and greed, rather than aligning our lives in accord with God’s Word—the whole counsel of God!). Paul only had one message, and I pray that I will live the same way!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God
to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God
from faith to faith:
as it is written,
The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men,
who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God
is manifest in them;
for God hath shewed it
unto them.” Romans 1:16-19
May we join Paul and stand fast on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the power of the cross—the only power that matters—no matter how others have perverted it in the past, in the present or may in the future!
“For Christ sent me not to baptize,
but to preach the gospel:
not with wisdom of words,
lest the cross of Christ
should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross
is to them that perish
but unto us which are saved
it is the power of God.
19 For it is written,
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and will bring to nothing
the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise?
where is the scribe?
where is the disputer of this world?
hath not God made foolish
the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God
the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God
by the foolishness of preaching
to save them that believe.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-21
May the cross ever BE our banner of truth.
“And I, brethren, when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony
2 For I determined not to know any thing
save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear,
and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching
was not with enticing words
of man’s wisdom,
but in demonstration
of the Spirit
and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand
in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
May my/your life always be lived and testify of what the Christ of the cross has done for me/you. Will you join me and stand fast on Christ Jesus, crucified, risen and coming again. May we be found faithful to HIS cross for it truly is the only “power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth”! What about you?
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live
in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
I stand fast on the truth of The Word of God.
“For I determined not to know any thing
save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
Crucified for my sin and yours—Jesus who died as my/your substitutionary, atoning, sacrifice for sin—for all who will believe! I will not abandon the cross. And just for extra measure:
“I indeed baptize you with water
but he that cometh after me is mightier than I,
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:
he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost,
and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand,
and he will throughly purge his floor,
and gather his wheat into the garner;
but he will burn up the chaff
with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12
Amen and Amen!!!