T. L. Wiens
Church has become a minefield of different theologies. Some would say there is no way to know truth anymore. But there is. II Timothy 2:15-16 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
In our modern world, acceptance of everything is the rule of the day. However, this is not going to work if you want to be part of the Kingdom of God. If you want a life in Christ that is all the Bible promises it will be, you have stand for Truth; ask some hard questions.
What Bible translation does my church use? Is it a true translation or just a paraphrase? For example, “The Living Bible” is just a paraphrase and not always accurate. Is the translation I’m using the work of many men or just one? In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Beware of false translations that no longer represent the original in their effort to be readable whether they are from long ago or recent efforts. The Bible is God’s map for us—we have to ensure we have the best translation available.
Who runs the church? The church was never designed to be a one man show. Likewise, do the elders make their members aware of what goes on behind closed doors? There needs to be true accountability within the body.
What kind of sermons are you hearing? Does the pastor give scripture references? Does the pastor use whole passages or just pieces of verses? Are the messages in context with the biblical text? These are very important questions. Don’t get lost in the flow of a dynamic speaker who makes things sound good but holds no truth.
I pray we can all find true relationship with Christ. I hope we all will be diligent, loving one another enough to care if we are on a true journey with Christ or have been sidelined by a false form of Christianity.
T. L. Wiens
Tammy's new book: In Search of Truth was launched at The Word on the Street in Saskatoon - Sunday, September 23rd.
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