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Keep His Word (Unless you deny everything Christ died for)

 

The world opened their heart to Dr. Charles Stanley and he has done so much in so many lives but he could not keep his son from denying the need for Scripture.  In a sermon from Andy Stanley, he denies the need for the Old Testament and says that the only thing we need to understand, know, and believe, is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The way the sermon reads is that everything that Scripture (that is, Old Testament) says is unnecessary for our salvation. He is bluntly denying our Father. He even states that the Scripture is only meant for the Jews; wait what??? Jesus did not come to destroy the Law, He came to fulfill. This means that we are still bound. Jesus is the Word made flesh and He came and ministered first to the Jews to put them back on track. It was their understanding of the Scriptures that enabled them to understand the need for the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.

 

You cannot fully comprehend everything Jesus said and did without an understanding of the past events and circumstances that led up to His birth. That being said, one must have an understanding of the developments, the covenants made, the history, and the story of God as it is told in the Old Testament to fully comprehend the reason we believe. That is like saying that the great structures and artistic representations of the world are there and just taking by faith that they exist. Someone had to have the idea, the blueprint/sketch, the knowledge of what materials to use to create it and give it meaning.

 

To understand why Jesus did what He did we need to know the reason for it. The fact that forgiveness is found in the flowing of innocent blood dates back to the time of Adam. The mark of faith was sealed in the circumcision of Abraham. The Day of Atonement was established by God through Moses. The need of sustaining the Word is given through the commission of Joshua. Faith and trust in God was described and demonstrated in the victory over Goliath. The need for maintaining faith and trust in God is demonstrated in the description of what happened every time the Israelites did their own thing. The list goes on and on of why we need the Scripture to understand why Jesus came.  

 

Now this is not the first time a popular pastor has denied some part of the belief system in favor of only one thing necessary for our salvation. In the past 200 years there have been more than I can count on my fingers and toes but guess what, the Word cannot be denied. They have died and most of their memories have faded but the Word has remained and its truth is unchanged. God is still God, David still killed Goliath, and Adam and Eve still made the choice that took down the path which we live today.

 

The Apostle Paul who persecuted Christians even noted the need for understanding Scripture to get the full grasp on why Jesus had to die. The explanation is simple: The flesh had to be destroyed so that the Word could live. The ascended person of Jesus showed the world the result of living with the Word ruling the heart, soul, and mind.

 

So, all this to say that we need the whole Word not just the resurrection occurrence to truly be saved. Yes we need to follow the example of Jesus but to follow His example we have to know what He is demonstrating. We are saved by Grace because we cannot be perfect followers, it is against human nature but we must persevere and give our best to follow God’s Word in our lives daily. Trusting in His mercy that we may become faithful followers through suffering and a fearful respect of the One who gave us life.  God grants us the provisions to be strong and courageous when standing in this world but under the condition of keeping His Word on our heart.

 

 “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:7-9

 

Jesus emphasized the need for this, all the Apostles reiterated it, some modern pastors deny it. Who will you believe????

 

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