"The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call Him in Truth" -Psalm 145:18.
Whenever I was just flipping through the Bible (Psalms), I saw this verse underlined ans was amazed at such a small verse would speak wonders to me. The Bible has a simple teaching the God is truth; if you seek after one, you will be forced to find the other. I, personally, have a great thirst for knowledge, both philosophically and spiritually. This thirst for knowledge is not just any knowledge for knowledge. I want truthful things to be retrieved and understood. I love reading things that teach me something new and true. That goes for most everyone. Truth is a very appealing thing to search for. This always, in our generations, looks for our calling and our truth in this life. A lot of reasons I am writing this on truth: we need truth not just in the church, but, as well in our hearts. Because, if we know what truth is, then we know what God has taught in His Holy Bible, and if the church we attend says or does anything unbiblical or untru, we have the knowledge and whereabouts to strengthen our church and correcting them in the Bible.
Romans 1:25 says this: "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen" - HCSB.
This was speaking of some of, or most of the new Gentile Christians, that strayed back to their old ways. This verse made me think back to the days that I lived in Albany, and now, even when I live in Macon, or even when I turn on the TV, I see the different denominations change around the Bible verses to just get more "Christians" to sit in their seats in the church. I find it quite disgusting to see these churches doing anything and everything that sure isn't in the Bible to get new "followers of Christ." But what those people are giving these followers are lies. I cry every time that I see people give in to these lies and they give their hearts to these churches.
Galatians 1:6-8 speaks close to what the last verse I said. It says: "I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ by turning to a different gospel - not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want you to change the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heavenshould preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached, a curse be in him!"
In verse 10, Paul askes them "Are they after trying to please man or God?" I want to ask you that in trying to pick one of the churches of Christ our Lord, are they trying to please you and your ears or are they trying to do what is taught and what is pleasing God?
Here's a simple question to also ask yourself, who is going to have the last word in your judgment? I think God will, not the preacher, not the elder, not the deacon, not the person sitting next to you. So, I think that we should be keeping true to what the Bible says and to please God with our worship. We should always be bold in our message to both believers and more importantly to non-believers. Boldness, not a louder mouth, shows kindness of heart and truthfulness, because a salesman can't be bold in his selling of a car unless he knows what his car has. If you went to a car lot and a salesman came up to you screaming and yelling saying that this car is the best, nobody has one better, what would you do? Probably walk away.
Ephesians 6:19-20 says this: "With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit...pray also for me that the message may be given to me whenever I open my mouth to make known with BOLDNESS the mystery of the gospel."
With this I want to end...Stay true...Stay bold and stay close to what is worthy of God.