But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6. And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
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But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Please log in again. The login page will open in a new tab. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Young people have an innate sense to detect hypocrisy, and being fake is the unpardonable sin in their eyes. Hypocrisy in the church and home comes in various forms, and I think more of us are part of the problem than we care to realize. When we stick to old rules that have no basis in Scripture and the only explanation we can give our kids for them is a combination of stammering and canned lines, our kids can tell that this aspect of our faith is not real.
And we also lose the opportunity to show them how real and life-changing our faith truly is.
The one and only all-encompassing aspect of true Christianity is our relationship with God. Many churches or homes or schools lean too far to one side or the other. Some speak of love and grace so much that they neglect to preach against sin and its consequences. Neither of these one-sided approaches rings true because both grace and truth are integral to the faith. We must teach young people the whole counsel of God — the true amazing paradox of Christianity.
I think this one is huge. In order for kids to truly make the faith their own, they need to be intentionally discipled — and that means that the parents and hopefully also teachers, youth workers, etc. They must speak to their hearts — truly digging down to the heart issues in every encounter.
They fall into the trap of the slow fade. But in reality, each person makes his own decisions. Photo by Barcaw. What to Read Next. Sharon Grammer says:. November 4, at am. November 5, at pm. December 2, at am. Jeanette Grammer says:. December 9, at pm. Anonymous says:. March 18, at pm. Georgia says:. March 28, at am. Meredith says:.
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April 11, at pm. He believed God.
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Not only did he believe God—which was accounted as righteousness—but he believed he was moving towards a city built and established by God. God wired all of us in a very complex pattern of mind, heart, spirit. All of us have emotions we feel. But faith is not about fixating your mind on the feelings of the moment, but on directing your heart towards the promised future. Many of those who have followed God had to discover this reality:.
But each of them overcame their doubts, fears, and anger and continued on living faithful and faith-filled lives towards the future promise. And what was the future promise? The Son of God who is higher than the angels, greater than Moses, instituter of a superior covenant, the perfect sacrifice for sin, the King of the unshakeable kingdom, and the steadfast anchor of the soul.
For the Old Testament saints, fixating their eyes on the future promise balanced their lives when buffeted by feelings of doubt, anxiety, and fear. And just to think that the author of Hebrews describes the New Testament saints having been provided something better Heb. The bottom line is that when our lives are centered around feelings, they become shaky; but when our lives are centered around faith in Christ, they become secure.
Today, there may be philosophical, relational, and verbal hostility towards those of the Christian faith, but not life-threatening hostility as many of our brothers and sisters face in other parts of the world. The cultural environment in which the Church of the West now find herself is one that is pluralistic, skeptical, hyper-individualized, personalized, and syncretized. Our culture operates as a marketplace of competing ideas.
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Therefore, is truth real? Is there really one way to God? To heaven? This pluralism, coupled with a dismal track record of institutional and authoritative integrity, has caused systemic skepticism. People question everything. The church is bombarded with these cultural mortars daily. And at the heart, the Christian faith runs counter-culture to many of these environmental mortar shells. And what I think happens is that over time these shells have a tendency to test the faith of Christians by tempting them to take their eyes off Jesus. On a deeper dive, it seems that the Christian faith—that they once so boldly declared—ceased working for these men.
Without knowing these men, it seems that what transpired—and we will continue to see it in the lives of others as we move further into this century—is that they grew weary trying to understand, interpret, communicate, and explain the infinite through the lens and to the lives of the finite. And as a result, focusing on the secondary and tertiary issues of the Christian faith allowed their eyes to wander from the author and perfecter of the faith.
Anytime we take our eyes of Jesus during turbulent storms—be that physical, philosophical, practical or emotional storms—we drift away from Jesus. Peter is the poster-child for this. And it is wonderful when inaccurate typecasts are shattered! But some of these believers then conclude that in order to lovingly engage with this population, they must endorse their lifestyle too. As a result, Scriptures get reinterpreted in ways that only condemn homosexual relationships outside of monogamy and marriage. I have watched this line of questioning lead many people down a similar path of thinking and revision of beliefs, one that eventually confounds their faith in Christ:.
In the end, if there appears to be a contradiction between Scripture and the merciful nature of God, we should seek out understanding. But if we truly know God to be good and loving which He proved by sending His son to die for us while we were still sinners then maybe it is not Scripture that is wrong, but our understanding of it Romans The real danger enters when we begin to question the validity of Scripture, because people will then use their own standards to form a version of God who does not disagree with them.
Eventually everyone is accepted for whatever they believe as long as they are sincere , but this tolerance is actually a masked form of universalism. The enemy does not mislead us through blatant expressions of evil; instead he comes disguised in a form of light 2 Corinthians Some may refer to it as operating in unsanctified mercy. I unknowingly lived many years of my life in a place of distorted mercy and truth, and my family suffered greatly as a result. We ended up in a blanket of deception that eventually tore my family apart and took my dad away from his true calling as a pastor and deliverance minister.
And through it all, we never stopped loving God or seeking truth in His Word. We reinterpreted Scripture to explain our experiences, shaping it to affirm our biased beliefs. We used our own standards to form a version of Christianity that aligned with our way of thinking. Thankfully, God sees the motives of our heart even when we make a huge mess of things, and He has a beautiful way of redeeming these dark places in our life when we let Him.
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His grace is big enough to cover every one of our mistakes, whether we are aware of them or not Lamentations , Hebrews I am determined not to let my mistakes define me or destroy me, but instead to grow from them Genesis However, this does not mean I need to shove my convictions in their face! I heard Dallas Willard teach that we should encourage people to follow Jesus, but if they find a better way to take it.
Because then you have people whose tongue proclaims one thing but their heart another. Sadly, many churches are content if their members just agree to a checklist of beliefs even if they struggle internally with their faith. Blind faith based on mere tradition or feelings will not yield a truly victorious life, so it is healthy to confront any inconsistencies between our heart and our head. As believers, we need to create space for people to ask the honest and hard questions, but grace for agreeing to disagree through that process.
It helps if we can also recognize there is something sacred to the mystery of God, so if we do not arrive at all the answers, we can simply rest in His goodness and leave room for God to be God Isaiah