As a Child of God, our moral authority is the Word of God. The Bible does not contain the Word of God but It IS the Word of God. We do not get to pick and choose the parts which align with our feelings but rather dismiss our “feelings” regarding morality and accept the reality of morality according to the Word of God.
It is the world’s feelings which define their morality and becomes their religion. Sadly, many denominations and religious folk have allowed their sense of morality to become corrupted by worldly ways as they desperately seek to fill the pews. Just as our eternal soul means nothing to the worldly system and we are nothing more than merchandise purchased by goods and services of those desiring our money, so too has the seeker sensitive church yielded to the ways of the world as they dim the lights and pump up the entertainment.
The “small groups” ordained by the modern church are nothing more than a social hour with men and women discussing things with one another that they need to be discussing with the Lord and their own family. Their accountability becomes to the small group and the church and no longer to the Lord and their family.
“16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
We either believe that ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God and it is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and righteousness or we don’t. When we look in the mirror and something needs to be fixed, we fix it or we walk away and ignore what needs to be corrected. The Lord wants to remove those parts which hinder our walk with Him. Each and every one of us. If we think we have graduated and the Lord has finished removing all that is wrong with us…well, we haven’t looked in the mirror lately.
“23 For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.” James 1:23-24
Jesus Christ broke the penalty of sin in our lives. When He is lifted up to the masses and we look unto Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith, we see our filthy rags and humbly seek Him to deliver us from the miry clay. Precept upon precept and line upon line, the Lord corrects with His Word and convicts with His Spirit; old things pass away and all things become new. Our faith is truly authored and will soon be finished as we lay hold on eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“…Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” 1 John 1:29
Jesus took away the sin of the world and nailed it to His Cross, yet so many Christians keep trying to take away their sin from the cross and call their particular sin of choice “good” according to their feelings. Jesus is standing at the door of the modern church knocking. He is searching to and fro for those whose heart is perfect toward Him looking to author and finish their faith in Who He is and what He has done. Stop trying to author and finish your own faith and look unto Jesus. His Arm is not shortened. He WANTS to bless you but wisdom of words being taught as biblical doctrine have made the Cross of Christ of no effect in your life. Come back to your first love. Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else.
-Donna Clark Warren