Sunday, January 12, 2014

Steps of the Son

I started down the narrow path the day the cost was counted
Though harder than the broader path, my path had only started
Taken by surprise the narrow path it does not widen
Now wedged between a chasm things are harder than they started
How many times I've fallen on this narrow path I tread
Pride I prized but now my eyes are focused on the end
By grace my steps have brought me to the cross of Calvary
My sin redeemed by He who taught my soul the narrow way
Content the path I walk I pray to make it through the sorrow
Toward blood stained steps of Christ, my cross I'll take and follow

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Imaginary gods

How many people do you know that claim they love god? I know out of my friends & acquaintances there is a small minority of people who completely deject a god whereas more of them would believe that god exists. Many of them even proclaim to love god.

Unfortunately for the vast majority of those who claim they love god love not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They love not the God who sent His son Jesus Christ. They love a god that they have fabricated from their own imaginations. I was listening to a sermon online from Pastor Tim Conway called The Hard Sayings of Jesus and some of the things he brought up that Jesus said (in the Bible) include:

- Unless you forsake all that you have you cannot be my disciple
- Why do you call me Lord Lord and do not do what I say?
- You ought not to be hearers of the word and not doers of it
- When you have a meal don't invite your rich friends, invite the poor
- Take your possessions and sell them so that you have something to give to the poor
- You'll prove to be his disciples by the fruit that you bear
- Not to store treasure on Earth, but to lay up your treasures in heaven
- You will pray, fast, and give, and not to do it like the hypocrites
- Follow him even if it requires you to hate your father and mother because of it
- If you put your hand to the plow and look back you are not worthy to be His disciple
- He said to one of his chief apostles, "Get behind me Satan!"

These sayings are so foreign to the portrait of Jesus we see painted in our pulpits. We hear about a very Jesus than that of the Holy Bible. We hear of a Jesus that:

- Gives us everything and asks absolutely nothing in return
- Asks for a simple verbal affirmation by means of salvation
- Wants to make us rich, healthy, and happy in this world
- Has commands that should be memorized but not enacted
- Speaks nothing of sin and judges nobody who professes the name of Jesus Christ

None of these sayings are explicit but are rather implicit in the sermons that the majority of American pastors spew from their mouths.

When you read the word, do you tremble at the fact that so many professing Christians are not Christians at all? That they have never been on the narrow path? That the Jesus that they believe in is not the Jesus of the Bible but a false Jesus who masters the broad path that leads to destruction. Have you not read that He separates the wheat from the tares? Have you not read that He separates His sheep from the goats? Remember the call of Christ and heed his words:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13-14, ESV)

God bless you friends, I pray that you take heed to the truth found in the scripture.