Christian Devotionals

"Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby"

18Do not deceive yourselves.If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight
(1 Corinthians 3:18-19)

Recently I had the misfortune of attending a church service where the wisdom of man was preached and the Word of God was criticized. Needless to say, this was the last time that I’ll worship in that church and hopefully I’ll be able avoid other churches like it. On a positive note, this church service really made me appreciate my home church all the more. My attitude may seem a bit snobby or self-righteous, but this is not the case at all. It just grieved my heart to be part of a worship service that neither honored or glorified Jesus. Christ’s name was never mentioned in the sermon, the prayers were never offered in Jesus’ name and most of the songs referred to God in general, but left God the Son out.

Now let’s get to the minister’s sermon or shall I call it a self-congratulatory slice of worldview nonsense. He was more concerned about impressing us with his intellect and wit, rather than preaching the Word of God. In fact he mocked the apostle Paul’s analogy in Colossians 3 concerning stripping ourselves of things like anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language and clothing ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. This minister said this is a ridiculous suggestion as no man or woman could pull this off (“it doesn’t work”). I guess he hasn’t quite grasped the concept of  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13), nor has he ever experienced the almighty power of the Holy Spirit when He works in and through believers. How sad that a person whose vocation is “Christian ministry” can fail to understand simple biblical truths that my three children were able to grasp. Moreover this minister went on to criticize Paul’s writing ability and quipped that if we wrote like him, our high school teachers would be underlining the errors in bold red marker. He went on to say that Paul was a preacher not a writer. Need I remind him that the apostle Paul with or without the Holy Spirit was brilliant and highly educated. He had the equivalent of several PhDs, furthermore, once empowered by the Holy Spirit, Paul was supernaturally brilliant.

I have begun to pray for that minister and other ministers, priests, etc. who are like him. If there is going to be a spiritual revival in this country, we’ll need Spirit-filled men of God to preach the Word. Going beyond the sermon, the whole service seemed to be about the virtues of man and all the good things that we do and have the capacity to do. It was very humanistic with only casual references to God. This was more of a Thanksgiving tribute to us rather than a time of deep praise and gratitude for the God who provides for us and sent His only Son to die for our sins. Although the service spoke of God’s love for us, it implied that He loves us because we’re just so darn loveable.  Yes our heavenly Father loves us beyond measure, but He loves us in spite of us and our sinful ways.

If you happen to go to a “Christian church” where the Gospel isn’t preached and the Word of God is treated as irrelevant for today’s world, please go find yourself another church. Lives can’t be changed and souls can’t be saved in a dead church relying on the wisdom and virtues of man. We can only experience life changing and soul saving power in churches where God’s inerrant Word is taught.

12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts
and attitudes of the heart
(Hebrews 4:12)

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