Over the past few decades the church in America has drifted into a state of apostasy. This is a bold statement to profess and cries for corroboration. Scriptures teach that apostasy is a turning away from faith. Faith reveals God’s will to anyone who will accept this gift. Our government has written laws that are contrary to the will of God. A couple of examples are killing of the unborn and same-sex marriage. Another example is the loss of respect for those who have been placed in authority over us, such as law enforcement and first responders to some emergency situations. Many of our political leaders are writing laws concerning climate change as if Man’s laws can change God’s prophecy.
Apostasy has come about through tares planted by the enemy. These tares are false teachings. Jesus came and planted the seeds of the Gospel and Lucifer came behind and planted seeds of false doctrine. Over the years these teachings have been accepted as truth and passed down to new followers of Christ. The one that is wreaking havoc is the half truth that faith is believing and trusting. How do we know who or what to believe and trust? The letter to the Hebrews states that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.” Abraham believed what God told him and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Faith is still the only vehicle to a right relationship with God. He reveals his will to us individually and personally. Faith is a gift from God, revealing his will and his love for us. Faith brings us understanding and the assurance of his will. When we hear, obey and believe him we can have a walking and talking relationship with him.
In my opinion there is no greater emotion of feeling than the joy and freedom of listening and talking to the one who gave his life that we may forever have life with him and those who obeyed and have gone on ahead of us.
I pray that the church will get back to the true meaning of faith and learn that who we believe is more important than what we believe.
Alvin R. Burgess