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Doctrine: The Word of God

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

IMG_0301Junk Food is not good for us!  There – I said it!  Junk food is simply that – junk.  Yet it usually tastes so good.  What is your favorite junk food?  I love most anything with chocolate and peanuts or peanut butter.  At Easter I am a sucker for the peanut butter covered chocolate eggs.  Junk food is usually sweet – or salty like barbecue potato chips.  If you’re really lucky with your junk food you can get something that is sweet & salty!

But I digress.  I’m also craving something sweet or salty right now!

Junk food usually satisfies for the moment but not for the long-term.  It usually has lots of empty calories and is not ultimately good for you.  It usually has little to no nutritional value.

This sounds a lot like some theological concepts that have been espoused over the years – such as the folks who say there is no devil or no hell or that we all go to heaven (Universalism).  They sound good for the moment but are not based on the Bible or on sound Biblical teachings.  I’ve talked to young pastors for years.  I love mentoring them – sharing some of my years of ministry with them.  I often remind them that their belief system must be built soundly on the building blocks of the Bible.  Their faith needs to be based on a logical progression from truth to truth and not something that sounds good and comes from their mind.

Mother’s milk is filled with the basic building blocks of life.  Most studies show that babies raised on mother’s milk have less medical issues.  Believers who crave the building blocks of the faith – the basics of the Bible – when new-born – will have less issues later in their Christian walk – like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.

Build your faith upon the sound doctrine of the Bible – which is the inspired – inerrant (in the original manuscripts) – and infallible word of God.  Scripture is primary – it is the given in our Christian walk.  Our mind (reason) – historic experiences (tradition) – and personal experiences are elements that help us understand the Bible.  They CANNOT ever change the truth of the Bible – but merely illuminate the truths of the Bible.

Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Ground your faith soundly on the Word of God – the B-I-B-L-E – yes that’s the book for me – I stand alone on the Word of God – the B-I-B-L-E.  It worked in VBS as a child – it works today as well!

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

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March 24, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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