May 27, 2012
Where Are Our Voices? (No.3)
It is God himself who mandates that Christians stand for the truth and against all that opposes God. This must be done without fear or favor for any human being on the face of the earth. We must not be ashamed of the Lord Jesus or of the gospel his apostles preached in allcreation under heaven. (Colossians 1:23) Jesus himself said, “Everyone therefore who will acknowledge me in the presence of people, I will confess him in the presence of my Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall disown me in the presence of people, I will disown him in the presence of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33) Surely this impresses us with the fact that our voices must be heard even when it is not popular, convenient, or politically correct!
Where are our voices when someone misrepresents God by misinterpreting or contradicting what is written in the scriptures? Are you among those in the religious world who are careful not to stop people in their tracks and ask,”Where does the Bible say that? Are you sure the Bible teaches that? Are you certain about the meaning of that word?” Yes, there are people who are so afraid of angering people that they will sit back and say nothing even though they know they should speak out. They know their voice should be heard.
How can a person who loves God remain silent when he or she knows God and his word are being mishandled?
Doesn’t love for God and his word compel a person to demand that God’s word be correctly represented?
Sure, there are people who preach and teach God’s word who do not like being called out and questioned, but we must do so if we choose to follow the lead of the apostles and early believers. How can an individual or congregation walk in the right path if they are not accurately taught the way of God? Our first priority should be to be well-pleasing to God irrespective of peoples’ opinion of us. God first.
• For example, most people believe works are not essential to justification and salvation.
They believe man is completely passive with regard to salvation. They say God does it all, and that if a person does something in order to be saved, that he has canceled out the grace of God. Such a system of belief is in reality an effort to deny the essentiality of immersion for salvation. They believe immersion is a human work, therefore if it is essential, then salvation is dependent on human works. According to their logic, belief itself would not be essential to salvation because it is a work to be performed by man. (John 6:27-29) The fact is, immersion is a work, but it is a work that God has commanded, and it is essential to salvation. (Acts 10:48; 1 Peter 3:21) Therefore, it is not a human work that gives grounds for boasting. It is a work prescribed by God!
Where are our voices in times such as these?
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(The Sunday morning Bible classes will begin studying the life of Christ, and the following scriptures have been submitted to for the congregation’s use as suggested Bible readings: Matthew 1:1-25; John 1:1-18)