That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
We can be easily influenced by the evil of this world without even recognising it. Yet we are to shine as lights, being “blameless and harmless.” How do we cut through those evil influences to know how a “shining light” should behave? How to decide, “Should I do this, or shouldn’t I?” The following questions, based on a sermon I preached several years ago, can help us to a God-honouring answer.
A friend sent me a question. It was a good question, an honest question, and one from which we, as Christians, should not shy away. He was asking how we know the Bible is what it claims to be.
A comment on this blog asked a similar question. Why do you believe there is a God? Really, it is the same question. If the Bible is true, is what it claims to be, there is a God. Of course, it would be logically possible for there to be a god who is not the God of the Bible, but for a Christian, the two questions are the same. We believe in the God of the Bible, so to ask why I believe the Bible, or why I believe there is a God, are asking the same question.
Joseph Hart was an unbeliever. He had periods in his life where he lived in outward sin, and periods where he lived an outwardly moral life but inwardly committed the sin of self-righteousness, trusting his own works to save him. Then, for a time, he asserted that it didn’t matter how you live, as long as you believed God. (If this sounds to you like some people around today, it does to me, too.) During this period of his life, Hart wrote a pamphlet titled, “The Unreasonableness of Religion” against John Wesley.
I’ve been having trouble keeping up with the Internet lately. Someone is always writing something on the Internet — have you noticed?
Between work and ministry piling up, as well as a recent overseas trip, I haven’t written much, let alone read all I might have. But I did wander onto another pastor’s blog yesterday, and discovered my name. :) It turned out someone wanted to know if I am “King James Only.”
That label means different things to different people. I could have answered there, but thought perhaps some of my readers would like to know the answer, so I’ll answer it here. (Usually I refer to the Authorised Version, but I’ll use KJV in this article.) Continue reading