Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BELIEF IN GOD VS. BELIEVING THE WORD OF GOD

As I was studying the Genesis account of the fall of man recently, I was struck by the fact that clearly Adam believed in God but chose not to believe in His word.  Adam knew God, walked with God in the cool of the day and yet, Adam did not believe the Word of God.  God specifically told Adam "if you eat the fruit, you will die."  If Adam believed the Word of God, he absolutely would not have eaten he fruit.

Many people today claim to believe in God but refuse believe in the Word. Believing in the Word brings life.  The Apostle John makes it clear in the opening of his Gospel account that Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh.  "The Word was with God and the Word was God... and the Word became flesh..."

 I had attended a meeting with our former Boy Scout troop as we discussed the decision by Boy Scouts of America to lift the ban on openly gay scouts.  (see my blog "Boy Scouts Lift the Ban and Lower the Lid").  Everyone in the room agreed that the BSA made a bad decision except one very vocal and very adamant parent.  As we discussed the morality of the decision (or lack thereof) she made the claim that many churches accept gays and many ministers are gay and that it all depends on one's interpretation of the Bible.  This is a perfect example of a person who claims to believe in God, as she clearly stated her denominational affiliation, yet denied the Word.  The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin, as is any sexual activity outside of marriage.

The real issue is what do we do with the Word made flesh?  Churches that endorse sinful activity tend to have a different version of the Gospel than that which Jesus taught us.  These churches teach and believe that the ultimate expression of faith is loving and accepting others no matter what their lifestyle of belief system.  This has led to our post modern society embracing everything except Biblical Christianity.

As believers, we need to stand up for the truth, in love and hold fast to the Word.  Join me as I proclaim the Word and embrace the Word made flesh for the forgiveness of sin.

Blessings!

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