This week's message is Sola Scriptura. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
The Measure of Truth
Today we see many church movements, some good and some not so good. How do we judge what is right? Do we go by what appeals to our personality? Do we go by what sounds right? Do we go by what makes us feel the most at home?
Scripture describes the heart of mankind as being deceitful. If we follow our hearts, we will eventually go the wrong way. But God did not leave us in this state without hope. In the Psalms we read, "Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." We have been given a solid, unchanging roadmap and a yardstick by which we should measure any spiritual teaching or practice before accepting them. And by doing so, we will walk in the light.
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A Foundation Unchanging
The closer we get to the end, the more unsure everything becomes. And even the Church as a whole seems to be no exception, as we move this way and that, grasping for something we feel is missing. Everything is being questioned, from whether it's okay for a practicing homosexual to also be a practicing minister, to whether the Bible contains all truth or we need to add to it and interpret it according to our own points of view.
If we aren't convinced of where we stand, or if we have chosen a position but it is in sinking sand, we have nothing to offer the world, and they know it even if we do not.
We've gotten away from our solid foundations. In an effort to seek something deeper and meatier, we have strayed away from our very source of life and have allowed the Gospel of Christ to become diluted and lost in a sea of man-made teachings, traditions, and spiritual practices.
But there is hope. It's not too late for us to refocus on what really matters and to draw clear lines in the sand. As for me and my house, we stand on that which does not change with every passing wind, but is solid, sure, and true. And as we stand on the Holy Spiritures as the source and measure of all spiritual truth, the lost will see something genuine and secure, and they will continue to follow us to the cross.
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