(HEBREWS 4:12) “THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE, SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD, PIERCING TO THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND THE SPIRIT, OF JOINTS AND OF MARROW, AND DISCERNING THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.”
(JESUS SAID IN JOHN 17:17): “SANCTIFY THEM IN THE TRUTH, YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.”
(1 PETER 1:22-25) “HAVING PURIFIED YOUR SOULS BY YOUR OBEDIENCE TO THE TRUTH FOR A SINCERE BROTHERLY LOVE, LOVE ONE ANOTHER EARNESTLY FROM A PURE HEART, SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN, NOT OF PERISHABLE SEED, BUT OF IMPERISHABLE, THROUGH THE LIVING AND ABIDING WORD OF GOD; FOR ‘ALL FLESH IS GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWERS OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD REMAINS FOREVER.”
AND THIS WORD IS THE GOOD NEWS THAT WAS PREACHED TO YOU (capital letters and italics are mine for emphases).”
I’m faced with a dilemma. My dilemma is this. I’m a Bible Christian, born again by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, as He is revealed by the Holy Spirit in Holy Scripture. Herein lies my dilemma: I have family and friends in various churches, both Catholic and Protestant, who are caught in the mire of works oriented “Christianity.” In other words, they believe that they are either saved entirely by works, or must add works to the sacrifice the Lord Jesus made for our salvation on Calvary. Over the years I’ve been hesitant to witness to them in a definitive way, for fear of hurting their feelings. How foolish I’ve been, to think that bruised feelings are equal to souls lost eternally; or, to put it another way, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and to lose his own soul (Mark 8:36).” My thinking was, in fact, this: “Bill, don’t hurt the feelings of those you love most in this world! Even though it means losing all association with them for eternity.” However, God has convicted me of my foolishness; and, now I realize, it’s better perhaps that they should hate me now, for a while, than for us to be separated for eternity. You may say, “Who are you to think that you are right, and we are wrong?” But, I don’t think I’m right and you’re wrong. In fact, I would know nothing about the True and Living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, if it were not for His Holy Word. I speak as I do, because He has spoken to me through His Holy Word, and has given me faith to believe Him. God alone is right! Read His Word! Pray for enlightenment and guidance.
Jesus prays to His Father, and our’s in John 17:17: “Sanctify them (Set them apart) by thy truth, thy word is truth.” In that prayer, He prays for Himself; for His disciples then; and for those of us who will believe in Him through their Word (The Bible.)
Come to Him today! Cast yourself by faith into the Everlasting Arms of the Lord Jesus Christ! He alone, can and will save you by His “Amazing Grace!”
From one who has decided to fear only God, and not to keep on fearing men,