• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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. . . do not inquire about their [other nation’s] gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the LORD hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. (Deuteronomy 12:30-32 ESV)

Samuel A CainThere is a particular mindset in this age which makes “truth” the product of a popularity contest. If a celebrity, voices an opinion – then it must be true. Right? If someone from your political party says something negative about the opposition party, it must be true. Right? If you read it on Twitter or Facebook, it’s the absolute truth. Right? Many people today think that if they believe something to be true because many other people believe it, it must be true. This attitude has also crept into the church.

Suppose you attend church one Sunday and the pastor announces that the church leadership team has voted to change future communion services. After a lot of thought, discussion, and a sample polling of the congregation – the leadership decided that chocolate cake and Pepsi Cola will be substituted for the bread and wine (or grape juice) during communion. This announcement is welcomed with a warm round of applause from most of the congregation. How would this announcement concern you? Does this manner of communion honor God according to the Bible?

communionWhere are the Bereans when you need them? Is it OK to ignore the last two sentences in the verses above? (Deuteronomy 12:32) Is the way you feel about something the final arbiter of truth? You might say that it is very obvious that these people have not spent much time reading their Bibles. They are simply going along with their leaders, the wishes of the majority, and their feelings. The Bible has played no significant role in making their decision.

No matter how high an IQ you may boast of, believing a lie has terrible consequences. The Bible is to be our source of truth and guide. If the issue above had been tested by God’s Word, it would have quickly been dismissed. Yet, some people believe they know God’s Will, because His Will must align with their will. They believe that if they feel a certain way about an important matter, God must feel that way too. They voice the famous phrase in their defense: “God told me . . . !”

God, however, does not contradict His written Word. Do you want to be an obedient servant to God? Do you want to truly glorify God and enjoy Him forever? Then we must worship Him in spirit and truth. (John 4:24) You must forsake being men pleasers in order to please God. When we abandon the study of the Scriptures we will misuse it, and by this reject God.


On a personal note: I am very concerned about the way the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is conducted in many churches. Quite often changes are made simply to speed things up. Here are some Bible verses on the subject. You decide if your church is following the Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 11:26 ESV; Matthew 26:26-29 ESV; 1 Corinthians 11:28 ESV; 1 Corinthians 11:27 ESV; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 ESV; 1 Corinthians 10:16 ESV; Luke 22:19-20 ESV; Mark 14:22-25 ESV.

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