10/18/10 Alex, Melissa, Leonel about 20, 20, and 40
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves." (2 Cor. 13:5) We are warned in the Bible not to take our faith for granted, so what would cause churchgoing people to do so? Alex, Melissa and Leon, whom I met at the prk today, all felt assured of salvation, and that's what I believe has caused them to continue in great ignorance of the faith they profess. Each claimed to believe in God, the Bible, Jesus, and their own guilt in breaking the Ten Commandments. Yet they also believed they are "good enough" for heaven. They are immunized against the gospel and floating through life with a false sense of security about their eternal destiny. As a result, they are also are in various stages of falling away from church and the things of God. They have learned to compare themselves to man's standard rather than God's, and they feel like they are better than most people. So as I talked to them today I knew that I needed to show them as they really are - through the mirror of God's word (James 1:23) Just as John the Baptist came ahead of Jesus' arrival, so the law must come before the gospel.