Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Church Must Rise Up and Stand Up for God's Word

The phrase 'stand up for' is now a catch phrase that can be used for anything a person believes in. So what does it mean to stand up for God's Word? It is to obey and fear God, not man. 

The modern church has become divided over how the secular governments and society at large is trying to target and marginalise Christians. Part of the reason why they are succeeding in doing so is because the church itself is divided over social, economic and cultural issues. This division is owing to a lack of solid teaching about God's stance, that is, not what would Jesus do, but what did Jesus do. 

The question what would Jesus do is very popular with the world. It loves it because it can be free it make up its own image of Jesus and use it to attack the Bible and Christians for not living up to their view of the Bible which they don't believe in. 

Instead, as evangelist Ray Comfort says, the question should be what did Jesus do, because it confines people within the bounds of the Bible. That is why the world hates the question what did Jesus do because it refers to the real Jesus of the Bible, the only Way, Truth and the Life. 

Whoever is not for Jesus, is against Jesus (Matthew 12:30). Jesus said that if one loves Jesus, he will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Therefore, to disobey Him is to hate Jesus.

Christians must remember this: 

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also (John 15:18-20).

Whenever tempted to follow the world, Christians should not only remind themselves of what Jesus said, but heed this:

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36).

Whoever loses his life for Jesus will find it, whoever tries to keep his life will lose it.