I'm sure many of you have heard or read about a couple of key influencers in the Body of Christ who have very publicly walked away from their faith. What in the world is happening? It’s one thing to have a crisis of faith where doubt and unbelief threaten our well-being, we’ve all experienced moments like that, but why try to gain followers on your road of dissipation?
How does this happen? I know back in the ‘olden’ days there was a consistent moral message, or compass if you will, that was affirmed in the home, school, and church. Not so today and not so for the last 20-30 years. Today, the messages from home, school, and church vary dramatically concerning right and wrong and what was once clear is now mired in ambiguity.
We must train and influence our children and our children’s children that there is clearly a right way and a wrong way and only a moral and spiritual compass can keep them and us headed in the right direction.
I know there are theological points of contention within the Body of Christ; there was in the early church and there is now. I am in no way minimizing the importance of sound theology but I am saying there must be some non-negotiable moorings in a person’s life that are not affected by theological musings. Those foundational truths are what will keep you when the wind is howling and the waves are crashing against your faith. Your ship may get wrecked and run aground but what you are holding on to, as the waves carry you to shore, are those non-negotiable truths.
I’ll give you two, there are many more, but trust me, these two are life-stabilizers:
1) Jesus is the only way - “Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
2) The Bible is the source of truth - “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
We must value truth over feelings, and value truth over our emotions…the Gospel does not need to be adjusted to fit current culture!
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” Hebrews 4:14
Keep your compass with you at all times. -Susan