It is a very searching moment when God examines my life and points out where my practice does not agree with HIS Words. To this point, “Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice” (Matthew 23:1-3). This is called hypocrisy. There is nothing that destroys credibility faster than someone who tells others to follow a certain set of rules or patterns, but they do something very different.
It is the same with religious practices and doctrines that are not biblical. Again, I quote from Rick Wood (ibid). “Since the time of the Apostle Paul when he employed simple, biblical and reproducible models of ministry in making disciples and planting churches, the Church has added a lot of things to church ministry that are not simple, biblical or reproducible by the average person. These practices prevent movements [of God] from developing” (page 5).
If we are truly concerned that the Church fulfill the Great Commission so the Lord will return, then we will make sure we operate on a biblical foundation. We may be forgetting that everyone’s work is going to be tested to see if it was built on the one and only foundation, Jesus Christ. “Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done” (1 Corinthians 3:11-13). Will we suffer loss, or receive a crown?
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