When I drive home from work, I’ve often got the Bible on, because BBN radio plays the daily Bible reading right around then.
And sometimes, things that I hear just strike me.
We all lose our way a little. God uses moments like that to re-direct us.
Hearing a classic Fundamentalist verse on the radio like Psalm 12:6-7 can remind us to stay in God’s word.
Or we can hear a verse from Isaiah about the people honoring God with their lips, but their hearts are far from them.
That’s God giving you a wake up call.
We are in an onslaught to conform to a horrid and sinful world. I mourn for the world of my youth, when things weren’t anywhere NEAR as bad. I cannot imagine trying to raise children today, where they face constant indoctrination by the world. “Live this sinful lifestyle!” The world urges today. Think things were bad in Biblical times? We’re about to by-pass that.
But the world presses us, too. The world tempts us too.
Because some guy who writes for Logos released his own book against the King James Only movement, Logos has been running almost daily articles on their home screen about “Why you should never rely on one translation”, etc.
I have to stay steadfast, encourage myself to not let that get to me, because it’s one of my weak areas. I’d love to be able to research using other translations – but I know there’s a problem there, and that we’re using Gnostic-Arianist texts to translate our modern Bibles. I know that Unitarians exerted a lot of pressure in the 19th century to move away from the texts Christianity has ALWAYS used in favor of these Arianist texts written by heretics.
I read things almost daily about “christian Unity” from people urging me to be united with people whose doctrinal stances reveal them to be anything BUT Christian.
A few years ago, political expediency caused a lot of American Christians to run to embrace a cult. We accepted Mormonism and “don’t you dare criticize a fellow Christian!”
Well, I wasn’t. I was criticizing a false religion, a false Christianity that worshiped a false Christ. The devout followers of Joseph Smith will not wake up in Heaven, suddenly free of aberrant doctrines. They worship a false Christ, and they’ll wake to a torment they denied their whole lives. It’s a tragedy, and if you were one of those who encouraged unity with Mormons, you’d better do some serious repenting and prayer. you just might have to explain why you never witnessed to them!
We all get sidelined. We all get distracted away from God. This world’s good at it. Satan’s had a lot of practice at it.
If I don’t stay firm and committed, I’ll be quoting from the RSV, and citing Rick Warren.
Allow God to convict you. Allow God to remind you to be faithful and true. If you listen, God will keep you from trouble, from backsliding.
The key is that- when God is speaking, listen.