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Jesus defined marriage: “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5). The Supreme Court cannot change the meaning of marriage from what Jesus, the Son of God, said that it is. Jesus words shall never pass away.
The question for Bible-believing Christians is ‘How shall we react when the laws of a country go against the word of God?’ Our first reaction is to confess our own sins. How can we talk about the speck in our neighbor’s eye when we have a log in our own. But once we take the log out of our own eye then we can see to help take the speck out of our neighbor’s eye. Let us confess our sins and seek the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ.
The second thing we are called to do is to pray for revival of the churches according to God’s Word. Are we studying God’s Word and living according to its precepts and ordinances? Are we witnessing to others about the good news of Jesus Christ? Are we seeking God’s guidance by the power of the Holy Spirit?
And the third thing we need to remember is that ‘our citizenship is in heaven; from whence we also look for a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.’ We don’t organize an anti-Supreme Court demonstration. We don’t even look toward winning the next election or passing new legislation. We obey the laws of the land even as we proclaim God’s Word. Our weapons are spiritual, not carnal. We are called to use the spiritual weapons of the Word of God and of prayer in this battle for righteousness, not the weapons of this world. We lift up our eyes to Jesus, proclaim the Word of God with love, and consider ourselves blessed ‘when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.’
Pray for revival and that many may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus in this time when society is abandoning the Bible and failing to follow the Lord. And may God bless His children in this time of testing, and grant us His peace!
|Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
March 27, 2015- The Spectrum Newspaper
“I am a man of one book,” was a phrase that John Wesley, the 18th century preacher and evangelist, used to describe himself. The one book he was referring to was the Bible.
The Bible, for him, was the foundation of all in which he believed and trusted. In the words he read in the Bible — Genesis through Revelation — he found the truth of Jesus Christ, and in Him, salvation. Reading and studying the Bible brought Wesley peace and hope, even in the midst of many trials. The Bible is a solid rock upon which to stand for all who will believe and trust in its truths.
In our society we are busy with many things, but Jesus is calling us to the one thing that is necessary — Himself. We get to know Jesus through reading and studying His Word — the Bible.
I want to encourage you to become a man or woman of one book — the Bible — and to begin by reading the Bible with a new openness. Don’t come to it with a spirit of skepticism about what you’re reading, but read it with hopeful expectancy. Jesus said his words were Spirit and they are life. He said the Scriptures cannot be broken, and that His words would never pass away. When we read the One Book with an attitude of trust and assurance we find the peace of Christ that passes understanding.
We live in trying times. The news is often bad and we struggle with personal problems in our daily lives. The good news is Jesus Christ has purchased for us eternal life. His truth is in the Bible. Go to the Bible everyday. Read it in a spirit of trust. Find peace for your troubled mind and soul. Jesus promises good things to whomever will become a man or woman of one book — the Bible.
Ray Schroeder is the Pastor of St. George Community Church.