We live in a world of sound bites and talking points, even when it comes to what Scripture teaches. Fewer and fewer people take the time for deep study and thought anymore, partly because of the busyness of our lives. We are quick to believe what we hear on social media or in the news because we just can’t be bothered with actually taking the time to investigate and think for ourselves.
Not only is it harmful to our faith, but dangerous to just go along with things we hear without making sure they are biblical. This morning we cover an opinion piece titled “9 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe”. Some are rather benign, but others show the depth of biblical illiteracy plaguing our nation and the church. Here are some ideas that sound good, but the question we ask and answer is, “are they Scriptural?”
- God helps those who help themselves
- God wants me to be happy
- We’re all God’s children
- Cleanliness is next to godliness
- God won’t give you more than you can handle
- We all worship the same God
- Bad things happen to good people
- When you die, God gains another angel
- We’re all going to the same place when we die
First, we must recognize our need for God; we are helpless and hopeless without Christ.
God wants us to be holy; happiness often depends on circumstances while true joy is from the Lord.
We are all made in the image of God, but only those who have repented and trust in Jesus Christ are His children.
Many gods, many pathways, but there is only one true, living God and He is the One we worship.
In this life, bad things happen to all people – and so do good things. What we often define as good or bad may not be the same way God defines them. Also, men are men and angels are angels. There are two possible eternal destinations and though all of us will live forever (our spirits), we do not go to the same place when we die. Contrary to some in the emergent church and Universalism, that is a perversion of the true gospel.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
1 Corinthians 10:12-14
God sees all the things we don’t, even the deepest hearts of political party leaders. I’ve been thinking lately about Romans 1: When people do not honor God or thank him, He “gives them over” to the consequences of their futile thinking and poor choices.
Maybe God means to do some refining business with political leaders and parties. Maybe He means to do business with His church for looking too hard to politics to provide what only He can give.
Maybe He means to do business with me to “fear not, but be bold and courageous.” To fast and pray, not just about this election but about building His kingdom.”