Yesterday a friend posted an article that shared results of a study showing where Christians in America stand right now on the theological perspective. My friend asked where her friends stand and I responded with this. I guess you could call it my personal statement of faith.
As far as where I stand. I know that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. I believe that Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. I believe that nobody comes to the Father except through Jesus. I believe that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I believe the wages of sin is death. I believe that, while I was yet a sinner, Jesus died for me. I believe that everyone who calls on the name of Jesus will be saved. I believe in a literal resurrection. I believe in the Trinity–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe salvation is found in no one else, but Jesus. I believe that there is no name under heaven on earth by which me must be saved, except for the name of Jesus.
I have been concerned with popular authors and where my peers are landing on the theological spectrum. I have been seeing the Word be watered down by culture. At the end of the day I firmly believe that if my beliefs do not line up with Scripture then I’m the one who needs to change my beliefs because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God doesn’t change or bow to culture, but as his servant I need to bow and submit my will to His. I made the decision to give Him my life and that includes ALL of it.
Today as I was reading through the book of Matthew I was thinking about our current climate as I was reading Jesus’ warning to His disciples before He sent them out. As Jesus was telling His disciples that they would be persecuted He told them, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the how of Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.”
It feels as those who are sticking by God’s word are being persecuted from within the church. When popular authors/bloggers/influencers tell us to leave a church (or even the Church) because it doesn’t affirm our “pet sin” (we all have one, if we’re being honest) it makes those of us who stand firm in God’s Word as the ultimate authority in a situation where we have to choose between what God defines as sin and what our culture defines as sin. Just as a servant doesn’t get to tell a master, “You’re wrong.” we, as followers of Jesus, don’t get to tell God He is wrong.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander,and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:1-10