You Can Play Well But….

You can play well, wear the nicest jersey, pass the ball well, even shoot the ball on target frequently enough, but if you don’t score, you lose in the end! That’s what happened last night in the 2018 World Cup Final match between France and Croatia. Croatia had possession of the ball most of the game, took more shots at goal, passed the ball more accurately and more frequently, yet in the end, it was France who won – beating Croatia 4-2. Thinking about the church, I see a similar thing. We could sing well, worship intimately, spiritually and even prophetically, we could have great fellowship – warm, supportive, caring and loving, we could have many deep, intensive Bible studies and we could have fantastic people enjoying serving the Lord in the ministries of the church BUT if we don’t win souls, we lose in the end! “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Lk.19:10

I Chew, I Spit, Then You Eat!

This is the best US grass-fed ribeye steak – LET ME CHEW IT, SPIT IT OUT, THEN YOU EAT IT. I’m sure you’d love it!

That’s disgusting isn’t it?? But that’s exactly what so many Christians are doing today – let someone else take in God’s Word, chew it, spit it out and then we eat what they spit out!

We need to read and study God’s Word ourselves, just like we got to eat that steak ourselves. And the reason why we need to study God’s Word ourselves is so that we are not tossed around by false teachings or half-truths intentionally or unintentionally communicated by people. When you become familiar with what is real, the moment you hear false teachings or half-truths, you’d know it!

I heard over K-Love earlier today a statement made by one of the songwriters (either Ben Fielding or Reuben Morgan) of the current hit worship song, “Who You Say I Am”. He said the song was inspired by John 8 where Jesus said in v.35 that the slave does not remain in the house forever but the son does. He was basically saying we are not slaves but sons (and daughters). Well, we are indeed sons and daughters of God and we must never forget that BUT we are also slaves. The Apostle Paul often referred to himself as doulos (Greek) which means slaves! Is the great apostle not saved? If we read v.35 in context, we will discover that in v.34, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” Then he said in v.45, “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.” When we look at the context, we realize that the slave that does not remain in the house forever is explained in v.34 – someone who remains specifically a slave to sin (even though he or she may have decided to follow Jesus at some point in his or her life). Thus, a slave to sin does not remain in the house forever! However, a slave to Christ will remain in the house forever and be saved!

The next time you listen to teaching, make sure you check it against Scriptures, don’t just take it in without discernment. The Lord bless you!

[Note: I’m not saying the song is not a good song, it is! I’m only saying that the statement made by one of the songwriters was either incomplete or a misinterpretation of Scripture. Thought I should add this note before queries come my way :)]