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Present The Whole Message

September 6th, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Tim 3:16-17

About five years ago, we were attending a relatively new church in the Atlanta area.  I had been somewhat encouraged by the Lead Pastor after some discussions we had at a nearby coffee shop.  However, after some time I realized that there was a problem.  The Word of God was not taken seriously.

Two instances that occurred there really troubled me. The first happened when the Assistant Pastor preached because the lead Pastor was away. His message showed the problem we are having within many churches in our current culture. He basically told us he was not comfortable teaching theological issues, and besides, it was not all that important anyway. We should be focusing more on just loving and experiencing Jesus and not on all that theology stuff. I was absolutely appalled. This was one of the most absurd statements I have ever heard coming from the pulpit anywhere. Jesus Himself told us, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15. How can we keep His commandments if we do not know what those commandments are? How can we reach the lost in our culture for Christ when we do not listen to what God said in His Word? Unfortunately,  this is more prevalent than we probably want to admit.

The second was when my son was interviewing with the Lead Pastor for a possible internship at the same church. The seminary he attended required him to sit under a pastor and get some real-time experience in ministry. After this meeting, he called me up to tell me it was not going to work. I asked him why and the reason he was given told me he had no reason to intern there. In fact, we left the church shortly after. The reason they gave was, ‘he knew too much about the Bible‘.  And these are but two instances regarding the minimizing of Christian teachings not just in the church I mentioned, but many others throughout our society.

Francis Schaeffer alludes to the idea that modern theology has turned Jesus more into a religious word and idea rather than the living God He is. Sadly, I must agree with him.  Modern theology wants us to ignore teachings and historical evidences, along with our actual fallen nature, and focus only on what makes us feel good. This may bring people into the church, but not necessarily into the Kingdom. People become more focused on what they do rather than who they are; a new creation in Christ. Jesus laid this out at the end of the Sermon on the Mount when He said the following, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Mat 7:21-23.  Essentially what He was saying was knowing about Him is not enough.  Knowing Him, truly knowing Him as Savior, Lord and God is what makes the difference.  How can we know Him and His Word if we do not read and study it, and allow God through His Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to us.  And how can we know Him if we do not learn about Him through His Word as well as through fervent prayer and fellowship with Him.  I say it again, we must know Him, not just about Him.

It is important that we as Christians study the scriptures, keep in a constant attitude of prayer and trust God in all our ways so we can become more like Christ.  The world is watching us and if we are not showing them reality, they will know it and reject our message.  If they do not see us All IN, why then would they accept our call for them to be All In?  God and His Word and Will must be the most important thing in our lives and everyone should see it clearly.  We must show our love by desiring to know more and more about Him.  We must stand against the idea that theology, history, apologetics and  discipleship are not important.  I believe this is a move of the enemy to keep God’s people from growing and maturing in their Christian walk, and to keep them weak so he may steal, kill and destroy as many as he can.  It is our job, through the Holy Spirit, to disciple our brothers and sisters so that they can be strong and immovable in their walk.  Church leaders must be consistent and committed to preaching and teaching the whole of God’s Word.  If God gave it to us, which He did, how then can we proclaim it as unimportant?

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  1. Darrell Sroufe
    September 7th, 2018 at 15:03 | #1

    Bill, all your articles are always excellent and I think deserve greater distribution than only a website and facebook can offer. I'd like to suggest you submit them to some Christian magazines for possible publication. As a bonus, the publications pay for articles they select for publication.Here are a couple links to sites you can look at if this is of interest.
    https://thewritelife.com/faith-based-publications
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  2. William Funkhouser
    September 7th, 2018 at 18:44 | #2

    Thank you again for the information. I will be looking into it in the very near future.

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