1/25/17 David about 40
Sometimes gospel outreach turns into finding lost sheep. I found David, about 40, at a Laundromat and knew from a previous conversation months ago that he claims Christ and even attended our church for a while a few years back. But now he no longer feels he needs church. "Have you been pursuing your relationship with God?" I asked. He was pretty confident that he was. "When was the last time you read your Bible?" He couldn't remember. "You know, truth is meant to be repeated" He wondered what I meant. "It's not enough to know truth at one point in our life. We need constant reminders to feed our faith, and that comes from constant exposure to God's Word." He could see my point, saying how the opposite was also true - "Yeah, Hitler knew that if a lie is repeated often enough, people will believe it." "Exactly, we're surrounded by the lies and distortions of the world every day, and it's easy to become desensitized to all the falsehoods. We need constant exposure to the truths of God's word to counteract it" I told him.
Romans 10:17 says "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Without regular fellowship and exposure to God's word, David has been drifting from the truth. He seemed further from a right relationship with God than the last time we talked. His biblical understanding of God has eroded into a worldly one, an idol formed in his imagination as a result of all the worldly input. In an age where secular values and the deceitful lies of politicians have become expected and blatantly obvious, we need God's truth - and God's people - more than ever. “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Hebrews 2:1