As news reaches my ears of what is taking place in so many churches and denominations--the turning away from biblical truth on so many issues, I am heart broken. The value of human life from God-given conception, the sanctity of marriage as representing Christ and the Church, and God’s divine order in creation and authority, all are being attacked.
Where do we begin to place our spiritual feet on these and so many other issues? I believe Paul partly addresses this question in 2 Timothy 2:15.
FIRST, “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved.” We must stop trying to seek man’s approval (see Galatians 1:10). Men, leaders, and organizations are not our final judge or the One we give an account for our faith, teaching and deeds. His Church is not ours to teach however we wish or to shepherd in a careless manner.
SECOND, make sure there is nothing in your life or ministry that you are ashamed of. If there is, get right with the Lord immediately, and if necessary, with others. Every unresolved sin affects the whole body of Christ.
THIRD, “rightly handle the word of truth.” DO NOT add your opinion to difficult passages or soften the truth to make it more appealing to the audience. Numbers may increase and outward appearance may look good, but we will answer to the Lord for how faithful we were to His Word.
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