Do We Long for His Word?

Greetings all,

I posted and article this morning from Relevant Magazine called, “4 Things Jesus Never Said.” It is a good article and it really got me to thinking about all the stuff that we have been taught was is the Bible but not really there. I wounder how many things we could come up with?

Here is a short list of things that aren’t in the Bible that came to my mind:

1. Cleanliness is next to Godliness
2. The Term, “Ask Jesus into Your Heart”
3. The word Trinity ( I am not saying that the belief in the trinity is not in the scripture, I do believe in the Three-In-One understanding of God. But the word is not in the Book!)
4. The word rapture
5. The belief that when you are Christian EVERYTHING is EASY!

Like I said this is a short list and I did not even get into the more controversial issues that we could go into (and I won’t – 😉 ) But the whole point of all this is, why don’t we double check the things that we have been taught? I have said many times to The Lighthouse to double check on what I am teaching. I believe that Pastors need accountability too. Over the years there has been so many things taught without any kind of accountability. This is how things get so wrong in the Church. I have deep beliefs that may differ from many of you reading this or attend The Lighthouse. The one thing I think that is important to remember is we can disagree about issues that are not that important in view of eternity.  The Bible even says that there is some sins that leads to death and some sins that don’t (1 John 5:17), so there is room for us to have disagreements and still love each other. I just think we need to be in the Word enough that it is continually challenges the “doctrines of men” that are being passed off as “Gospel.” I heard of a Pastor who said that the Jesus Gospel teaching means, Christ in my place and that legalism’s teaching of Gospel is, I earn Gods forgiveness. If we add anything to Jesus’ Gospel then it is not longer good news. For example, Gospel (Christ in my place) + 10 commandments = We fail. It should really be, Gospel (Christ in my place) = Jesus teaching me about the 10 commandments.  I like this teaching because it really brings out the point that I can only live the 10 commandments with Jesus in me. Paul teaches we still fail at this but, it’s not about my performance it’s about a changing heart towards Jesus. This change Paul teaches about is not just about salvation (something else people says the Bible says). We should be changing everyday more into the image of Jesus. But there are many who simple teach the 10 commandments without Jesus in the picture at all. I guess this post is just to get us to think about who much time we are in God’s word. Maybe you don’t even have a desire to read His word, but you know you should. Ask Jesus to help you in this. If we are going to be His people I think we should know what He taught and what this is all about. A wimpy church dose not get in The Word!   Here is something else to think about. If you knew that you could only have your Bible for the next year before “THEY” take them away, how much would you read? I think the American church is spoiled and we have no clue on what it could be like. Watch this video and see if it dose not move you

So, with all that being said, I once again challenge you to prepare for the series, “Journey of Grace: A Teaching on the Old Testament Tabernacle”. Do so by reading about it in Exodus and do some research on the web and let us come together for a time of praise to Jesus and what He has done for us.

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason