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God’s Word Not Ours!

2 Timothy 4:3-4

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

IMG_0301This is one of the most prophetic words about today’s theological climate that I know. It hits the nail on the head concerning the theology of the day among some in the church. Around our home there is a saying when someone says something that is right on – and it goes like this – no truer words have ever been said. It seems that this passage is coming true in today’s theological landscape – no truer words have ever been said. There seem to be a number of folks that are leaving orthodox theology for what pleases their itching ears. Some denominations – some clergy – and some laity – are leaving behind truths that have been with us since the Scriptures were given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  They are searching for a truth that pleases them – rather than – in my humble opinion – seeking what pleases God.

I’m a third generation pastor – my father and my grandfather were both Methodist pastors. My nephew is a fourth generation Methodist (now United Methodist) pastor. My son-in-law is a pastor as well. Our family has long stood on the Word of God as the inspired – infallible – inerrant truth. All human attempts to discredit or to teach something other than what is founded and grounded in the Word of God – is in error – and God will deal with them accordingly.   Revelation 22:18 – I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.

On Sunday morning – at both the 8:15 & 11:00 am service – we will begin our 2nd Annual Pre-Lenten Revival at First UMC in Laurel. The revival will continue on Sunday evening at 7 pm and each night through Wednesday night – Ash Wednesday – at 7 pm. We will have something special Tuesday night (a covered-dish meal beginning at 5:30 pm) and Wednesday night (deposition of ashes and hand washing). This year we will conclude the revival on Sunday – February 22nd. Plan now to attend. Plan now to invite someone to worship with you – with us.  It is a great time to invite family and friends who already attend another church on Sunday mornings. Invite someone today and each day during the revival week.  God will bless your efforts.

All this week and next the devotional thoughts will center on revival. I can remember – from my childhood days – attending sawdust camp meetings and revivals – all over tri-state area (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia). Although there won’t be any sawdust (maybe we’ll find some) – we are praying for a great movement of the Holy Spirit on our church family and all who attend. I pray that many will come to know Jesus and many will be revived in their faith.

Today’s passage speaks about holding onto sound doctrine – 2 Timothy 4:3-4 – For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Be well assured that during our revival and any time I preach or teach – it will be from the Word of God and not from what pleases my itching ears. During our revival we will be breaking down 2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. We cannot expect God to fit into the box we wish to place Him – but rather – we need to conform to the pattern that God has established. It isn’t about what we think or feel that matters but rather it is what God has spoken through His Holy Word.  It isn’t our word it is God’s Word that counts dear readers.

If we truly seek after Christ and strive to be like Him – with our whole being – minds – souls – and bodies – we will be welcomed by Christ and forgiven when we fail. We are called to love God with our all – Luke 10:27 – He answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 12, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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