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From Your Pastor’s Heart

STAND FIRM

There is an old saying that says, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” There is nothing truer to describe the state of the church today. Tolerance has loosened the church’s grip on truth. In an effort to become more culturally relevant the church has chosen tolerance over “truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15, ESV). More and more congregations are choosing to be socially accommodating instead of committing themselves to the truth of the gospel. All social dysfunction, ie. the attack on the home, gender confusion, the relativity of truth, are symptoms of the state of the world under the influence of the present darkness (Ephesians 6:12, ESV) we live in. Individuality and independence become our idols, we worship what makes us feel better in the moment, instead of what heals us for eternity.

So, back to our first statement, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” The question must be asked what is the “something”? Can it be anything we want it to be? Does everybody’s “something” have to be the same? To honestly answer that question I’ll have to ask you another. What or who do you think is our ultimate judge? If you are looking forward to no judgment after you die, just an unconscious state of nothing, then your judge is your own gut influenced by the world that you live in. However, if you believe that you will be judged one day by the Creator of all things and that eternity is a real, tangible experience, then the Creator’s thoughts will be supremely important to you.

This is why our ORIGINS conference is so important. Not only is your attendance important during these presentations, but your commitment to the truth being presented is equally important. Believing the accuracy of the Bible’s account of creation and learning the fallacies of the “experts” is crucial to our readiness to defend the hope that is in us (1 Peter3:15, ESV). This “hope” is forever connected to the opening words of scripture, “In the beginning God created.” Christians have been lifted out of the mud and muck of sin and confusion, our feet have been set upon the rock of truth giving us stability so “that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13, ESV) Standing firm means not falling for cultural relevance, and socially accommodating acquiescence which invariably leads us away from God’s Word. Standing firm means standing for God’s Word. We are the Church! His Word is a dependable, trustworthy guide for all God’s People. We must “stand firm” then in the face of the full assault of our culture against the Word of God.

Standing Firm, Bro. David