“If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” St. Augustine
It’s so easy for us these days to read and then take what we read and dissect it, add to it, rewrite it, and make it fit for us. We even do this with the Bible. But like St. Augustine said when we do this, it is no longer the Gospel of God’s Word we believe; it is ourselves and our own words and ideas – our own gospel.
I have been reading a book the past bit and really the message I am being reminded of is that people have been fooled into believing something that is of man and not God and therefore what they believe is Simply. Not. True.
It is so easy for us to seek help and direction from each other and there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t think God wants us to go this road alone. However, when we choose to use our words and the words of others as “gospel” over God’s Word then there is a problem. I want to encourage those I love to seek God’s will and direction for their lives, but in order for them to do this they need to be going to His Word and His Word first. Seeking Him before me. My desire to listen, and pray, and yes (as my girls would tell you) give advice even when it may not be wanted is real and genuine. I think even Beth Moore is great, but let’s be honest here, I am pretty sure even she would tell us if we are seeking her or any other girlfriend’s word before God’s Word, then we have a huge problem.
God’s Word has a solution for everything because God knows our battleground better than we could ever understand it. No man, not presently or in the past or in the future knows how to handle life better than God. Even Paul and John in their writing pointed all that they knew to the truth and that truth was Christ – it wasn’t their words and wisdom it was God speaking through them to the people of that time and to us now. Anything that contradicts that truth is untruth.
Jeremiah 14:14 says; Then the Lord said, “These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.”
Sometimes we tell people what they want to hear, what we think will make them feel better, but what if what they need to hear may not necessarily make them “feel” better but will heal them? What if what they need to hear is truth?
God is really placing on my heart these days to be on the look out for where I choose to go for help and if I am choosing to seek other gospels before His own. I want to live by Truth, I want to share Truth and, most importantly, I want the Truth I live by and share with others to be the Gospel.
I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Psalm 119-15-16