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1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV) 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
It has recently come to my attention that some very prominent figures in the Body of Christ have publicly renounced their faith in Jesus and Christianity. How can this be?
I am always saddened when I hear these things and would like to offer my biblical perspective regarding these unfortunate announcements. First of all, in order to renounce something, you have to have first believed it. But, I wonder, did they really truly believe? Did they really make a solid commitment to believing and following Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Or, maybe they started out believing but got disillusioned along the way and when things didn’t work the way they thought they should, they “threw the baby out with the bath water.”
Now, here’s a sobering thought: what kind of foundation did they have? Was God’s Word the final authority in their lives? Did they even know the Word of God? Did they renew their minds to the Word of God? Then when challenges came along, they crumbled and threw in the towel saying it didn’t work for them so it can’t be true. How ludicrous to exchange your experience for the truth of God’s Word, as if our experience determines the integrity of God’s Word! How audacious to compare what we think – our opinion – with the majesty of Almighty God!
Yes, I know that the people I’m referring have been “Christians” for decades but longevity doesn’t prove what a person believes. If your actions don’t line up with the Word of God, what does that say about what you believe?
We, as the Body of Christ, need to take inventory of just what we believe and why we believe it. We need to make a quality decision that God’s Word is the foundation and benchmark upon which everything we do is measured. If we do that, it would be really hard to fail and backslide out of our Christianity.
Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship with Almighty God that we are so privileged to be able to share. No other “religion” can claim that. Our God walks with us, talks with us, leads and guides us, and has so graciously provided everything we’ll ever need on planet earth to live a victorious and successful life. We are blessed beyond measure!
Thank You Lord for being Who You are!
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
James 1:21 (KJV) 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;