No Fluff, Please

We watched a DVD at church by Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis on how Christians can reach our modern day culture with the Gospel. Ham made several excellent points, but I want to focus on one for now.

Ham noted the distinction between why it is there are differing views of end times vs. the differing views about creation.

Those who study prophecy come at their conclusions based on what they’ve researched in Scriptures. They’re using the Bible as their authority.

Those who believe in a view of creation other than that explained in Genesis come to their conclusions from sources outside the Bible. The Scriptures are not their main source of authority.

Ham points out several times in his series of messages that we either base our religion and faith on either God’s authority or Man’s authority. It makes a huge difference as to how we view the Word of God and the world we live in.

This relates to why I gave up on reading a book by a Catholic priest about his ministry to the severely handicapped. His emphasis was supposedly on living closer to Jesus.

But so much of what he wrote was based on feelings and things associated with the Catholic church, such as icons and stories about monks or Catholic saints. The Word of God was secondary or incidental.

How sad.

I want to read about how someone became closer to Christ based on the Word of God. I want to see what a belief in the authority of God’s Word can do to transform a life.

In other words, I don’t want to read or hear spiritual pablum. No fluff, please. No man centered “God told me this or that.”

God’s Word must be supreme if we are to walk closer to Him. It’s the only thing that will transform our lives and enable us to have an impact on the lives of others.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

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