There are some popular ministers I’m highly wary of because I don’t agree what they teach is biblical truth.
Morally sound and inspirational, yes.
But you can’t slap a “Christian” label on top of a speech and automatically make it one.
When voices of authority speak on God’s word, it must be treated with reverence and accuracy.
We don’t get to cherry pick which parts of Scripture we want to talk about.
God loves us and Jesus came to save the world.
But we are all sinners who deserve hell.
Salvation is not earned, and hell is a real place because God is a fair God who demands our sin debts to be paid.
Accepting Jesus is the only way to avoid the fate we all deserve.
When Christian leaders gloss over the uncomfortable parts of the Bible, then they are failing in their responsibilities.
But it’s not just preachers and Christians writers who have to be diligent with how they present the Word of God.
All believers are under the same obligation.
Jesus said in Matthew 18:6-7, “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.”
The world is watching.
And the adage is true – actions speak louder than words.
If you call yourself a Christian, but you act according to the world’s standards instead of God’s, it’s time to pray.
It’s time to open the Bible and get the truth from the source.
Even the uncomfortable parts.
I get it.
I’ve had a lifelong fear of the book of Revelations because I wasn’t comfortable with what I knew was in there.
But the uncomfortable bits become more understandable when we invest in knowing who God is.
As Christians, we all have a responsibility to represent the word of God in action!
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to live by God’s standard, not the world’s.
Ask Him to help you embrace the the Bible as a whole, not just the parts you’re comfortable with.