Monday, October 7, 2013

God Centered Practices for Christians

Let God Interpret His Word

     Just as we can't expect a true puzzle by cutting puzzle pieces into little squares and gluing them together to our liking, we can't expect a true understanding of the Bible by cutting scripture into little pieces and gluing them together to our liking.

Don't be like this woman...

Worship God not Man

     It is a sin for a Christian to try to use their age as a vantage point to convince someone that their theology is right. If the age approach is successful the individual becomes a disciple of the Christian rather than a disciple of God. Doing so removes God as the authority and places man in a position of worship. This is idolatry, which is something that must be avoided according to the word of God. The authority for Christians should always be based on "Thus saith the Lord" not "Thus saith my age". Furthermore, the word of God reveals that aged believers can be just as wrong as any other believer. "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." (Heb 5:12) In the end, aged believers should be respected but they should not be worshiped. They should be given honor for their dedication but no amount of experience will ever justify idolatry.

Don't be like this guy...

Embrace Humility

     Humility embraces insight while admitting ignorance. On the other hand, pride avoids the appearance of needing insight and being ignorant to preserve a self image of superiority. If you are too prideful to receive insight at the expense of your self image, you are fooling yourself and hurting your relationship with others and God. Desiring a self image of superiority will make you see insight as a competition rather than a collaborated effort with others to grow together. This competition is not healthy for the unification of the body and will only lead to contention and division. Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom. (Proverbs 13:10)

Don't use words like "machine gun"...

Godly Passion

As a Christian, are we spending enough time thinking about, talking about, and studying scripture? Or are we depending on our pastor or some other spiritual leader to do it for us? Are we at a standstill thinking the knowledge we have gained in the past will suffice for the rest of our life? Are we convinced that walking with Jesus is too boring? No matter the case, we can't blame anyone but ourselves. We don't lose our passion, we leave it. (Rev 2:4)

Passion or insane?...