Start with the Word of God
As I was driving east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in April, I saw a billboard with a very provocative message. It read “Real Christians Obey Jesus’ Teachings, Luke 6:46.”
When I read that I thought with over 30,000 Christian denominations you would probably get just as many interpretations. The last verse in the book of Judges flashed through my mind, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25.
With a few hours on the road to ponder the billboard’s message, I concluded the modern American church has become a virtual buffet where one can pick and choose a doctrine to justify their particular lifestyle choice. Some of the church is looking more and more like the world, mixing nonbiblical philosophies into their teachings and doctrine.
For example, a well-known televangelist wrote a book titled “Your Best Life Now.” But, Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me. Jesus also said in Luke 12:34 “for where you treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Another popular evangelical preacher said, “Christians need to unhitch the Old Testament from their faith.” But. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching and training for righteousness.”
Some 2000 years ago, Pontius Pilot asked Jesus the question; “What is truth?” Today we ask “Who is a real Christian?” and “What are Jesus’ teachings?” The only logical place to start is the Word of God. Jesus answers all three of these questions. When He stated in the following verses, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6. And, “if you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” John 8:31-32.
Out of curiosity, I looked up the billboard message on the internet. On their “About Us” page the authors state they purposely publish thought-provoking messages since their goal is to point people to Jesus Christ. That, too, is my goal.
I want to encourage believers in Jesus Christ to study the whole counsel of God and not be a spectator in church. While we still have time, get out there and be a good servant and proclaim the Good news! Even in this day of instant information, there are people who have not and desperately need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen!