Proverbs 30 11-30-22

There is no such thing as a post-Christian society. Maybe an anti-Christian one, but not post. Jesus is growing His Church!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

The teachings of the Church*, which began at Pentecost, have been the same for two thousand years. Throughout these millennia, people have tried to steer it off-course; many others in ignorance have believed lies and been deceived. From, “A Grand Illusion,” page 34,

…most non-biblical Americans–including progressives–have five basic religious tenets:

  1. A God exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth;
  2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other as taught in the Bible and by most world religions;
  3. The central goal of life is to be happy and feel good about oneself;
  4. God doesn’t need to be particularly involved in our lives except when he’s needed to resolve a problem; and
  5. All good people die and go to heaven.

What’s wrong with their theology? The first two aren’t wrong, but the third and fourth ones are way off. The fifth one needs a qualifier–who is good? They would tell us that they are good. But, according to Jesus, no one but the Father is good (Mark 10:18). So, they are right in that all good people go to heaven, but since there are no good people, no one goes. What are the teachings of the Church? Belief and trust in Jesus gives us His life (John 5:24). Continuing on page 34,

…the official position of the vast majority of established Christians churches is very unprogressive–founded upon the divinity of Jesus, convicted by his atoning death, proclaiming his coming judgment, believing in the authority of the Scriptures, calling for personal holiness, and so on. These churches include the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the quarter of a billion Orthodox Church members, the two hundred million Baptists, the tens of millions of Pentecostals, the millions of conservative, non-Western Anglicans and Methodists, Bible churches, most Community churches, and many other fellowships and denominations…More than 95 percent of the world’s Christians belong to churches that teach historic, orthodox Christianity.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Once you meet the Savior, all of the things mentioned above make sense and are a regular part of who we are and what we do. His Spirit in us gives us the desire to do them and then the power to live them out in our lives. May we seek His face every morning, walk in step with Him every day, and close our eyes at night praising Him and thanking Him for His continuous presence.

Abba, I take great comfort in knowing that there are many Christians in our world today. I look forward to meeting every one of them, past and present and future, in Your kingdom. In the meantime, I pray for them that they would know You deeper and more intimately every day. May their trials draw them closer to You; may their wealth create opportunities to bless You by helping others; may their disagreements be avenues to show grace to each other, and may we all seek unity in the Spirit. Amen.

*Church means, “Assembly.” Technically, the church began at Mount Sinai when Moses called Israel to hold a sacred assembly (Exodus 12:16). At Pentecost, Jesus expanded His Church to include Gentiles. The Church in the context above is the expanded Church that includes everyone who calls on the name of the Lord for salvation.

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