2017 Weekly Prevailing Word #43

TREMENDOUS TRUTH FOR THESE TERRIBLE DAYS

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’.”   John 8:31-32

This oft-misquoted Scripture is NOT just ‘the truth shall make you free;’ no, notice the context – “If ye continue… (remain, abide, dwell) …in my Word” – then you will know liberty-delivering truth!  Neither is this passage for all believers, but again only to those who will “…continue in my Word…”.   I’ve found in over 38 years of ministry many people who say they are Christians don’t really believe the absolute veracity of the Word of God or understand it’s significance to our very existence

The necessity of continuing in the Word holds more importance with each passing year – especially for our country.  With the possibility of the words “under God” being eliminated from the Pledge to our flag; the audacity of activist judges removing the Ten Commandments from public buildings, America is in trouble.  Now, in times gone by, we have had un-elected judges in Massachusetts decreeing a politically correct edict of legalizing homosexual marriages.  Mark my words, this issue not going away.  The agenda of foes of traditional marriage will ‘continue in their words’ until their last breath.  Does anyone remember the fall of the Roman Empire began with a turn to such as this?

In light of today’s Prevailing Word, where are those who continue in the Word?

I used to teach the Bible to a group of incarcerated juveniles several times each week.  Many of these teenagers come to us unsaved, but become born again as they hear the Word ministered.  Last week, as I was teaching on the subject of ‘judging righteous judgment’ from John 7:24, the subject of homosexual marriages came up.  “If it’s so bad, why is it being legalized,” queried one young man?  I briefly explained from God’s Word HIS reasoning.  “But,” he continued, “If it makes them happy, why not just let them do it?”  Now here was a newly saved boy, but he had not yet continued in the Word to change his thinking about this sordid issue. 

But you know what?  I find there are many not-so-newly saved people who think just like him.  And that’s the problem; those who go to church, who name the Name of Jesus Christ, but who are not continuing in the Word.  They may claim to be believers, but in being a doer of the Word, they fall short.  Let’s take the young man’s thoughts and logically think through this issue…

God’s Word must be the basis of judging righteous judgment.  Said another way, to judge right we must use the standard of all judgment, the Word of God, for It is the only thing that is absolutely right.  So, if all things are OK based on whether or not something makes us happy, then there are no boundaries.  A person could be happy murdering their landlord because the landlord wanted his rent.  (This actually happened in San Antonio recently).  But the Right-eous Word of God still says, “Thou shalt not kill” (Ex 20:13).  Or your wife could be happy going to a motel with your best friend, (like probably happened last night somewhere in this area).  Yet the Right-eous Word proclaims, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” (Ex 20:14).  Or how about if your employee lies to you because it made him happy to steal from your business.  Ex 20:15-16, “Thou shalt not steal.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” remains.

Come on Christian, let’s “…continue in the Word…” until we grow up to the point that we base all our judgments on the Right-eous Word of God.  We love all homosexuals because Jesus died for that sin, just as He did for adultery, murder, theft and lying.  But only as we deliberate and decide, indeed judge every matter from a stance of God’s Word – and then vote that Right-eous decision – will we change our country.